Well played, Slate!

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(That is, the person who wrote Slate’s Facebook feed did a nice job of pointedly using the Britishism rubbish in reference to the British Piers Morgan [whose chat show was just cancelled by CNN.])

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6 responses to “Well played, Slate!

  1. Is that canceled or cancelled?
    LOL! Hasn’t there been a long thread about rubbish already?

  2. Saying something “was rubbish” (or just saying, “What rubbish!”) isn’t nearly as British to me as the adjective use: “Some people adore rubbish science” and the like. (No, I haven’t checked the facts — has Lynneguist, I wonder?)

  3. Of course Language Log has it: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=4295. Many comments on regional use both literal and figurative.

  4. You can also say ‘I really rubbished his argument’.

  5. I think the way Americans differentiate between garbage and trash is quite good. We just say it’s all rubbish.
    Perhaps they’re better at recycling!

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