Re:Harry Potter (was: What a scene!!)

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Posted by Robert Hill on July 30, 1999 at 18:13:28 from via proxy

In Reply to: Re:Harry Potter (was: What a scene!!) posted by Peter Hyland on July 30, 1999 at 16:06:46:

I hope nobody feels insulted by what I'm about to say. It's certainly
not intended in that spirit.

I would expect that, in general, Americans would be likely to miss
a greater proportion of nuances in British books, films or TV programmes
than British readers or viewers would miss in American ones. This is
simply because almost everyone in Britain (and, for that matter, other
English-speaking countries, and most of the rest of the world), is very
heavily exposed to US culture through Hollywood films and exported US TV
series. This may give them a distorted view of US life, but at least
(so I would have thought) it gives them a more extensive view than is
typically got in the other direction.

There is of course some movement in the other direction. For example,
lots of British TV series seem to have a keen following in the USA,
but my impression is that this is a cultish minority enthusiasm, not a
mass activity.

One result of this is the (I suspect) much wider knowledge in the UK
than the USA of words that have different usage in the two countries.

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