charmin, on August 21st 2009, 02:29 AM, said:
So this is what passes for grammar in Yank schools these days, huh?! Don't even know how to hyphenate. Allow me:
Not-English Channel = The Channel that is not English.
You've labelled the Atlantic Ocean as a channel, making teflon CORRECT. Now what'd you go and do that for?
He's clearly using "English Channel" as the name of the body of water between the UK and continental Europe. The common name for this region, coincidentally, is English Channel.
He then implies that the highlighted portion of the Atlantic ocean, between North America and Europe, is the body of water Not-"English Channel."
Not-English Channel = The indicated region, which is not the English Channel.
So if his is American grammar, then I'd say the joke is on your British reading comprehension. Snap! :P