I've been watching The Adventure of English on DVD, which has had me snarling at the tv several times. For one, there's an overwhelmingly smug Brit tone-deafness to American accents: apparently all Americans spoke with the same "effete" accent until cowboys roamed the plains. Um, really? Ever read anything from eastern cities? Ever realized that the original colonies went all the way down to Georgia? Checked out the Cornish speech patterns off Maryland? As my ancestors would and did say: Póg mo thóin!
But then I really snapped. The show wanders into Australia and points outs "daggy" as a particularly Australian term for dirty. No shit, Sherlocks. Dag is a very old word, and any English-speaking spinner or shepherd on the planet could have told you that.
Wish I could be gruntled, ruly and sheveled right now :)