I was going to write this in a review of someones piece, I instead thought I would throw the subject out for further examination. Am I correct to a greater or lesser extent or have I made a stereotype and then interpretted evidence to back it up? I find the most American thing about American stuff is not so much to do with the language and phrases as about the feel of it. I spent a fair amount of time in the states and words like vacation and sidewalk are like water off a ducks back to me. Also from the amount of movies I have watched and American TV shows the American phrases go unnoticed. What I have noticed is hard to pinpoint, but I will give an example. Tyson deGrasse American scientist Brian Cox British scientist I think I have seen them express themselves differently, particularly when lecturing. (I know Tyson is black but I don't think this is racial I think it is cultural and his being black is less important to it than him being American) The cultural influence of the church in America has perhaps led to delivery of material as being 'sermonized.' Tyson clearly knows his subject but often when he talks I feel like he is talking down to me like I am a child. He delivers similarly to a preacher. When Brian Cox lectures he explains things as deaply, he tells me just as much of his personal beliefs as Tyson yet it doesn't come across as condescending. He doesn't sound like a preacher, maybe he makes less direct statements and seems more human. Does anyone else find this in speach? Do you think that it can also come across in writing, blogs maybe?