Ram wrote:allesandro wrote:That's so true. The internet does make it extremely difficult for us to discern the meaning of what is written. That leaves us so very vulnerable to projection. When I first read all of this commotion about a single word ( which was a very innocent incredulous response,
not sarcastic) I was just like, "Blimey, I can't believe me ears," LOL
I think single words are especially prone to being interpreted differently by the listener/reader because there is no context.
Well, you're correct. Also, as I had said previously to you in a pm, Americans live in a very large country, and the slang expressions vary from region to region, and from state to state, even from city to city. In New England, for instance, the word 'wicked' means extremely, such as 'the concert was wicked awesome,' in the rest of the country the word 'wicked' means evil, as it does in Old English. Then there is the whole issue of race: different ethnic groups and racial groups other than Caucasian have slang words all their own. It's very difficult to keep up with. If you watch the Alfred Hitchcock movie 'Marnie,' Sean Connery catches a liar and a thief because she claims to be from Philadelphia but her accent and slang slips out and he knows that she must be from the South.
I know the British have different accents and slang, but our country is much bigger than yours, and the accents and slang words are such that even Americans can't keep with them