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America, Anaconda, and God: penfairy Throwback to the time my poor German teacher had to explain the concept of formal and informal pronouns to a class full of Australians and everyone was scandalised and loudly complained "why can't l treat everyone the same?" "l don't want to be a Sie!" "but being friendly is respectful!'" "wouldn't using 'du' just show I like them?" until one guy conceded "l suppose maybe l'd use Sie with someone like the prime minister, if he weren't such a cunt" and my teacher ended up with her head in her hands saying "you are all banned from using du until I can trust you" deflare God help Japanese teachers in Australia languageoclock if this isnt an accurate representation of australia idk what is derinthemadscientist Australia's reverse-formality respect culture is fascinating. We don't even really think about it until we try to communicate or learn about another culture and the rules that are pretty standard for most of the world just feel so wrong. I went to America this one time and l kept automatically thinking that strangers using 'sir' and 'ma'am' were sassing me Australians could not be trusted with a language with ingrained tiers of formal addresS. The most formal forms would immediately become synonyms for 'go fuck yourself and if you weren't using the most informal version possible within three sentences ot meeting someone they'd take it to mean you hated them hollowedskin 100% true the difference between "scuse me" and "excuse me" is a fistfight Source: penfairy Friendly Language
Memes, Images, and Sunday: CQ Roll Call via AP Images On Sunday, Democrat Bill Nelson conceded in a race that marks what will be Rick Scott’s third close statewide win in less than a decade.

On Sunday, Democrat Bill Nelson conceded in a race that marks what will be Rick Scott’s third close statewide win in less than a decade.