August 11th, 2006

Vanitas desk

A bit of a poll

Over drinks and nibbles the other night, a newly-met woman looked at me in astonishment after hearing me talk for a few minutes. "A bit of...? You really have been spending time in England. What's the opposite of it?" The answer is, of course, "a lot of..." which is one of those phrases which sounds quintessentially American to my ears. But what do I know - my ears are often confused.

Poll #791132 A bit of...

Where is "a bit of" standard English?

I can vouch for the phrase being normal in the UK.
27(46.6%)
I can vouch for the phrase being normal in the US.
10(17.2%)
I can vouch for the phrase being normal in the Canada.
6(10.3%)
It's definitely not usually used in the UK.
0(0.0%)
It's definitely not usually used in the US.
1(1.7%)
It's definitely not usually used in the Canada.
0(0.0%)


For any needing context - "I've seen a bit of Canada." "I ate a bit of the steak, but there was too much."

Yes, there are many other places on earth which speak English in all its myriad varieties - but I'm not likely to get many responses from them, knowing my usual readers.