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We're British, Innit?

INNIT: “This piece of punctuation can be used to end any sentence in Britain, providing a simple reaffirmation of the facts therein (It is well hot, innit?) or adding emphasis to the need for confirmation of a fact from a companion (Are you going to the cinema, innit?). The genius of the word, which is used in most sentences uttered by those still at school, is that it can be retrospectively applied to classic literature or speeches and still make sense. So, Shakespeare may ask To be, or not to be, innit?' while Churchill could have added emphasis with 'Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few, innit?'”
(Aitch, Ian. We're British, Innit: An Irreverent A-Z of All Things British. London: Harper Collins, 2008.)

As this entry clearly shows We're British, Innit is the ultimate Christmas present for every Anglophile. And not only that; it is also full of gemstones for language teaching, (cf. Grammar, queuing ...) Somehow some way We're British, Innit got me into that -I-want-to-go-back-to Britain-mood. Its sense of quirkiness is what makes this book the ultimate advertisement for Britain and all things British. Although I could imagine that some people might regart exactly that as slightly off-putting, but those people might complain about British eating habits, and cleanliness - or better: the lack thereof - as well. However, narrow-minded twats never were this book's prime target group.

2008-12-15 21:44:52