You speakah der English?

So, one of the new topics for my blog will be common words and concepts used in American english, for which I find cause for concern – or that just plain bother me. One of my personal peeves in communicating with a variety of people is the lack of attention and basic understanding that the meanings of common words are not universal. I won’t even bother to start on the subject of the horrifically poor the spelling skills of the general populace….