lucy24 - 4:52 am on Jun 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
Are you perhaps referring to that same "genuine English language" that borrows (or spins) words and phrases from Greek, German, French, Latin, Old English ...
No, I think he's talking about the way the two streams of the language diverged around 1776, after which time certain features of the dialect used in the mother country evolved new forms and pronunciations while the dialect of the former colonies preserved older forms. (The technical terms are "innovation" and "conservatism". Linguists never make up new words if they can reposition existing ones.) Or maybe it's the way the mother country kept experimenting with various forms until around 1892-- give or take-- at which time they settled on one version and then moved heaven and earth to convince everyone that that's the way it has always been done since the dawn of time.
Then again, anyone who can write
who's English was and still is
may have his tongue so firmly embedded in his cheek that it's coming out the opposite ear.
And just how long does it take for threads hereabouts to auto-lock? Sometimes it seems as if they slam the door half an hour after the last post, but others meander along for years.
[Do not attempt to parse that last sentence.]