"The nineties called and wanted its shirt back."
Translation:Nittiotalet ringde och ville ha tillbaka sin skjorta.
That is a very interesting academic point. I have no figures to back this up, but my hunch is that the overwhelming majority of British people would say that Americans speak American, not English. It is a language which is far more different from British English than South African English and even Indian English.
It's a technical distinction, but they're not different languages - they're variations of the same language. You speak the variation "English" of the English language, or "British", if you will - they're not quite synonymous - while (most) Americans speak the variation "American" of the English language. All in all, I think over fifty nations have the English language as official language, and many of those are far more different from British English than American English is. :)
And I'm getting really tired so I'm sorry if the above paragraph is a complete mess of semi-legibility.
I don't think so. The way I assimilated "types of English" from the British education system was "American English" and "British English", and then later in life the latter got updated to "Commonwealth English" since, as you say, South African, Indian etc English are fairly similar to the British variant.
(I did not say Australian. There was a reason for that.)
(Well. Actually formal Australian English is quite similar to British English. Informal Australian English....not so much).
The English we use in formal settings is the one we’d compare with, and formal Australian English is, for all intents and purposes, the same as other English-speaking countries’ formal English.
The fact that the informal languages are drastically different could be said of any language that is spoken in more than one country.
It is however multiple years. I would argue that if you said 1994, it would indeed fit under the article of it, however seeing as how it is the nineties (a group of years) would be plural. You may argue that nineties refers to a decade, so singular, (as MarkBorkBork did) but there a reason it is called the ninetIES. While yes, when the nineties is not personified, it would be treated with it. But as it is personified in the sentence, it would make sense for it to be treated as multiple people. P.S. I hope I am making sense.
Sure, I get that - and you're making perfect sense. Hence we do accept "their" as well - since using the plural is roughly as common as using the singular here. I just meant that Justin's argument doesn't really apply since a decade isn't a person or group of people. :)