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From: "Joe Fatula" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2003 1:43 PM
Subject: Re: Country Names -- Local Pronunciations


> From: "John Cowan" <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Country Names -- Local Pronunciations
>
>
> > Also, is "I guess" in the sense of "I suppose" reappearing in English
> > English again after a 400-year hiatus?  When Gandalf uses it[1], it
> > must have looked like a deliberate archaism, although it seems perfectly
> > normal over here.
>
> Has it not been in use in England's English?  Over here in America, I'd
use
> "I guess" as the more default-ish form, with "I suppose" as an
alternative.
> How is it used in England?
>

"I guess" is mostly an americanism, though it seeps in at the seams
sometimes.  It sounds archaic with 'that' after it, and American without.