Now I'll start off by saying that I'm not knocking anyone here who uses the latest in American slang expressions. I'm just curious as to why so many (normally younger) Aussies gravitate to using American lingo and expressions so quickly? I particulary dislike the USA term "owned" to me it's just a stupid American word that has become popular in the last few months. If anyone here watches british TV programs, or indeed has been or knows someone out from the UK you will notice that American slang has not caught on in the UK at all. In fact many Americans complain they can hardly understand what a lot of Brit's are actually saying. When I first landed in Oz it was still quite common to hear things like... "She'll be apples mate." "Fair dinkum" "She'll be right mate." etc etc. I think it's a shame that Aussies, especially the younger generation are losing their uniqueness in terms of language and slang. My personal opinion is...who wants to talk like the Americans anyway? plenty of posters here knock America most times the country comes up in mention, and yet are happy to use expressions used by the youth of the USA. I find that kind of odd. I should also point out that the trendy slang expressions you hear on American TV programs and movies are not used by people living in what we would class as countryside America. They actually talk just like us (obviously using a different accent). As an example:You are unlikely to hear anyone but a teenager in the mid-west or south-west or north-west country areas use the expression "owned" at all. To close: I just think it's a shame, that unlike the Brits, we keep adopting more and more American traits. Even the roadsigns we use here and the roadsigns in America are virtually interchangeable, even down to the color of the signs. I cannot believe the Aussie road transports offices are unaware of this, they must have just copied the American signage. I'm not having a go at anyone by the way, was just interested to see what other people here think on the subject? I loved America, the people in their country areas are some of the friendliest I've ever met. Even (God forbid) the Police Officers.