One of the reasons I like Scotland is the fun that Scottish people have with language. I'm going to use two examples to illustrate my point:
- "Mind" is often used as "Remember"
- "How" is often used as "why".
The last one is particularly fun when you use questions such as "How no?" - meaning roughly "Why not?".
Languages, and idioms, vary wildly in different parts of the world, even when you restrict yourself to English-speaking languages. I'll not even get started on Accents. The UK is tiny compared to many other countries, yet we have a wide array of accents - Australia, by contrast is huge, but I can think of only two accents across the country. (Rationally I expect that there are many accents in different parts of Australia, and I'm merely ignorant.)
In conclusion languages are fun, and some places this is more evident than in others. I will most likely contintue to say "The shop is open from 9 while 4" rather than the more typical "From 9 til 4" - I'm allowed to do that, having grown up in Yorkshire!
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Concerning accents: This is soo much fun here in Austria:
This video is from a band in the western part of Austria
(skip to 0:36 where the fun starts). I am from the eastern part, about 700 km away and I understand next to nothing, altough this is still german!
But it's fun listening anyway. Also "screwed up" grammar is a very common phenomenon. I blame this on Austria being quite small and being surrounded by foreign-language countries, so the dialect and grammar kind of leaks-over...
Fun thing to know that this happens also with other langugage.