Ok, let me run this by all you people.
The word "stooped" as in "to stoop" like, to duck and stuff.
You all have heard that word, right?
B/c most if not ALL of my linguistics class HADN'T.
I had to keep from yelling at all of them.
And this is a smart school too. *sighs*
I gave allowances for the people who don't know English in the class, of course, but the person presenting on the subject didn't know the word, and then this other total moron who sounds drugged out the whole time didn't know it and people giggled at the word b/c it sounded funny and they'd never heard it before. That class is mostly full of morons and I want to smack them. I guess I'm mostly depressed by the fact that it's clear that people just aren't reading anymore and don't really care about learning. Again, mostly directed at this class. people arrive late, people don't show up, grrr. I don't know how they pass (and by late , I mean 20-45 min late). And they talk while sensei is talking. grrrrrr!
I can almost understand Gloucester. UK English and American English are, in my opinion, distinct enough to qualify as different dialects. It wouldn't be completely fair to expect someone raised in America to know how to correctly pronounce UK titles and place names without being told how to do so. "Stooping," however, is an entirely different matter. Had they never heard the phrase "I cannot believe he'd stoop so low?"
to be honest, I never even thought about it until I went to the UK and didn't want to sound like a moron. My Shakespearean experience has mostly been reading the plays, and since I don't pronounce the words in my head as I read, titles and such just flew by me. If that makes me an idiot, oh well.