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Plenty of examples and I am sure there will be more to come. I often feel it is a case of deja vu when we have seen the same things happen in the UK, for example the outsourcing of call centres. I can remember the call centres being outsourced overseas in the UK, then several years later it being used as a marketing tool by some companies (when it didn't work) advertising that (insert company name here) our call centre is based in the UK.
One of the recruitment agencies I used to deal with here outsourced their reference checking overseas. It was a waste of time (imo), the person who did the reference checking had a functional understanding of English and could ask the questions as scripted. Their standard of English did not allow them to 'read between the lines' of what a referee might actually be saying or to move off script to clarify any information. I reckon I could have said anything and the person would have got the job!
There are Chinese, Indian, Australian, and Pakistani people in our office, none of them are exceptional spellers (or have great grammar) but it doesn't really matter I guess. As long as they have good math, that is what counts. :)
Edit: I did have an issue once, when an admin reset my password for a system I rarely accessed. I had trouble using the new password he'd set it to, wasn't sure if there was an issue with the case being used (upper/lower etc..). In the end I asked him how to spell the password, after some laughing at me he said... 'G..R..A..P..H..I..T..I'.
Last edited by BurgessFamily; 02-03-2014 at 10:49 PM.
Anyhow it doesn't matter what job people have, the quality of English these days is appalling and getting worse. With the amount of social media and communicating we do it should get better, not worse.
And sidestep, I think a comma or full stop is correct, and why did you put a ? at the end of a statement?
And I never said my grammar is perfect, I like to think my English is good, but I make mistakes and learn from them.
'Maths' is British English, a sadly dying dialect. I hear most often in Australia the American abbreviation, which is 'Math'.
Neither abbreviation is correct or incorrect. You may hear arguments for one being superior to the other, and there are logical cases for both sides. One could argue maths is better because mathematics ends in s, and one could argue math is better because mathematics is just a mass noun that happens to end in s. In any case, English usage is rarely guided by logic, and these usage idiosyncrasies are often arbitrary.
In Australia and England we use British English, so by right, on this forum it should be Maths. The fact that many people now incorrectly use American English in Australia doesn't make them right, and shouldn't make it acceptable either.
There are more Americanisms in Australia now, and it is ever growing. My aussie coworkers use the term 'Math', hence my usage.
It's a bit like when I was a kid, Father Christmas was the common reference, not Santa. :P
(don't get me started on Inquiry vs Enquiry :D).
How funny it is your debate, from a non native speaker POV
BTW, it doesn't seem to match that much with the topic the OP put on the table, isn't it?
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