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Britain abandons its American colonies

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:11 pm
by Joe
The following comment was received from Luis, a learner of English in the USA:

Funny how the site says that in 1782 "Britain abandons its American colonies." Should read, Brits were sent a packin' with fannies to match their coats.

http://www.englishclub.com/english-language-history.htm

Albeit, the term "abandon" has an honourable history as synonym for Rome's 5th-century retreat from Britain ;-)

Re: Britain abandons its American colonies

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:27 am
by seanhcthsn
Josef wrote:The following comment was received from Luis, a learner of English in the USA:

Funny how the site says that in 1782 "Britain abandons its American colonies." Should read, Brits were sent a packin' with fannies to match their coats.

http://www.englishclub.com/english-language-history.htm

Albeit, the term "abandon" has an honourable history as synonym for Rome's 5th-century retreat from Britain ;-)


That's true the Brits were sent a packin! Happy 4th of July. Happy learning to everyone.

Re: Britain abandons its American colonies

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:54 pm
by MattGreen
Nice! Yes, I would say letting the British off the hook by using the term 'abandons' definitely does not accurately reflect what took place. I believe a bit of a struggle took place before the Red Coats just volutarily packed up their stuff and "abandoned" the colonies...I could be wrong ;)

Re: Britain abandons its American colonies

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:11 am
by Joe
It's really all down to the age-old inability of Americans to understand (British) understatement. There's an important language point in there somewhere.