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When Custom Was King

It is sometimes said that ‘where America leads, Britain follows’. This is not always a good idea. For example; after Burt Reynolds stormed across our screens with his hillbilly slang in 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit movie the popularity of Citizens Band radio rose exponentially across the USA, with every self-respecting truck driver becoming known by his or her road handle. Needless to say, this aural epidemic caught on, like swine flu, over here. When are Brits going to realise that trying to speak American is just plain wrong. Continue reading