I know there have been other threads on language barriers but specifically I’ve been thinking about how American English has become the standard International English used by people who don’t have English as their native tongue. Even though I am a British English speaker, I often find myself translating in to American English when talking to or messaging non-British guests in an effort to avoid confusion. But even since using this forum (a couple of weeks) I’ve learnt (learned) a few new things that I didn’t know before. Here’s a couple of examples:
It seems that Americans use “inquiry” when referring to either an inquest or a question. While in British English we still make the distinction between inquiry and enquiry. So, specifically in the context of Airbnb, we receive an enquiry not an inquiry.
I’ve discovered that a pillow case in America is a sham!
I’ve even found myself using the word “vacation”. And “right now” is rapidly nudging “at the moment” aside. It’s cultural imperialism I tell you!!