You know how when you're talking to someone and realise they say a certain phrase often in conversation? For example, I have a friend who uses "at the end of the day" a lot, or people who throw in "like" randomly at the end of a sentence, appropos of nothing.
Today I was trying to explain the plot of the awesome "Flash Forward" to a friend at lunchtime and realised that I use the word "obviously" a RIDICULOUS amount. In fact, I actually caught myself doing it a couple of minutes later and before I finished whatever I was saying I had to interrupt myself and say "Oh My God, how much do I use the word 'obviously' when I'm talking? And most of the stuff I'm saying ISN'T obvious!!!" I need to try and curb that habit.
In addition to this, I also think I've been spending wayyyyyy too much time in the blogosphere because I find myself saying and writing things I'm certainly not picking up from the side of the big pond we call the Atlantic that I'm on.
Prime example - "ass". Over here, we say "arse". "Today I just want to sit on my arse." "Nice arse." "Can't be arsed". But I've started replacing this with "ass". One of my friends picked up on it the other day, so I must be doing it quite a lot.
Other Americanisms (I think! They certainly ain't SCOTTISH things to say or write) I have been relying heavily on:
"Period" (as in, "I'm not using a full stop anymore. Period."
"Dude" (Once upon a time, only Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, or Bill & Ted spoke like that in my world)
"Freakin'" and "Friggin'" (occasionally I don't feel like swearing...)
I'm sure I'll point out more as I catch myself using them.
Perhaps I'm trying to convert to Americanism???
(Just kidding - I'm still proud to be Scottish. Remember January's Guide to Scottishness???)