OK, I'll tell you all what I think. My data comes from the book "The Power of Babel" by John McWhorter.
The majority of the discussion was on livejournal_uk journal, so look there if you want to see it.
Several of you got very close or all corect on the top 5 and Stephen Booth got all 20 of them all correct - must have read my mind ;)
Well it was interesting seeing other people's views. There is, of course, no "right" answer for this as it is changing day by day and it is very dependant on how you actually do the counting. Maybe we could just randomly dial phone numbers and see what language people reply in? *grins and shudders at ending a sentence preposition with*
A few days ago I saw a bent car at the side of the M3 and a little further along a bend in the central crash barrier where the car had bounced and fortunately stayed on the other side of the road. Tonight there was a 4 car crash a short way ahead of me. it didn't look as if anyone was hurt seriously but there were 2 cars left in the fast lane and 2 others at the side of the road. At the moment I do 100 miles a day - mostly on the M3.
M-way barrier, Bright, white - shiny new metal. Yesterday it bent.
Twisted, misshapen, Curved towards my fast lane Reflecting a car.
Hard shoulder parking. A driver reflecting on Man’s fragility.
Crumpled crumple zone. Engine seeing setting sun light in my eyes blinds.
Bar bar bar bar bar bar barbarbarbar barbar bar etc.
This will be the last post for a while from me. I've still got all my packing to do, then it is off to Heathrow in the morning and then a week and a day with Roxanne :) I'll try and check my e-mail at least once during the week but quitre frankly it won't be my top priority ;)
Thanks to everyone for their birthday wishes, and Happy birthday to acoolsecretary for Friday. (hugs) to you all and I'll be back in a while.