NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
21st November, 1933 : Are we speaking English or American these days? Purist must wonder as they read the supplementary volume of the Oxford English Dictionary which reflects changes over the past 50 years. Among the Americanisms are such words as graft, once-over, and step-on-the-gas, while from Australia comes the phrase “no flies on me”. Other words in common usage today – and presumably saying something about modern times – are robot, tank, ga-ga, slimming, profiteer and photostat.
[“no flies on me” ? Isn’t it insulting to the Aborigines? It would not get past the PC guardians today. Of course, nothing gets past them, and if necessary, they change the meaning of the word, like misogyny, to hide the ignorance of one of their own. And Gillarding ? No chance. ]