The Queen"s English is colonising America thanks to Downton Abbey


The Queen's English is colonising America thanks to Downton Abbey as 'ginger' replaces 'red head' over the pond

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09:33 GMT, 5 October 2012

For decades we have endured the Americanisation of English, with words and phrases like 'vacation' and 'I'm good' slowly infiltrating our language.

But now things could be swinging back the other way, with more British-isms turning up on the other side of the pond.

Linguists have noticed words like 'ginger' are slowly replacing their equivalent 'red head' in this case across the states.

The Queen's English is becoming more popular over the pond

The Queen's English is becoming more popular over the pond

The British 'sell-by-date' is also taking over from the U.S. 'expiration', 'gone missing' is edging out 'disappeared' and 'chat up' is now on a par with 'hit on' somebody.

Even 'do the washing up' has replaced 'wash up' for many Americans.

The change is being attributed to our popular culture, with the success of the Harry Potter series and TV shows like Downton Abbey, Doctor Who and Top Gear all introducing Americans to British English,

Ben Yagoda, professor of English at the University of Delaware in New Jersey, has started a blog on which are now staples of American English.

Shows like Downton Abbey have introduced Americans to the British language

Shows like Downton Abbey have introduced Americans to the British language

He found that even distinctly British phrases like 'having a quiet word' are now being widely used in the U.S.- and that 'knackered' has made an appearance in the New York Times.

Look out America, the British are coming- and we are bringing the Queen's English with us.

After all, we're dab hands at it.