Courtesy a reader, from the BBC:
There is little that irks British defenders of the English language more than Americanisms, which they see creeping insidiously into newspaper columns and everyday conversation. But bit by bit British English is invading America too.
Some find it annoying. Others do not:
“I enjoy seeing them,” says Ben Yagoda, professor of English at the University of Delaware, and author of the forthcoming book, How to Not Write Bad.
“It’s like a birdwatcher. If I find an American saying one, it makes my day!”
The popularity of certain Brit TV shows, the Interweb and the prominence of Brit journalists in America may be to blame. We may have to start dubbing “Downton Abbey” like we did with “Mad Max,” which—I’m not joking here—I’ve yet to watch in the original Strine.
Of course, the linguistic outrages go the other way, too—read the BBC’s “Viewpoint: Why do some Americanisms irritate people?” and “Americanisms: 50 of your most noted examples.”