My husband and I just got back from a trip to Canada to ski Blackcomb and Whistler, the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics. What a beautiful resort area. It snowed from Monday until we left on Friday, with only a few minutes of sun on Thursday. Yet the snow was fantastic. Like baby powder. But what I enjoyed more was the International influence. We met people from England and Australia, and heard languages from Brasil, Germany, France and China. My ears were like radars taking in all the fun sounds and new terms. Australians call lift operators “liftees” and English people stand in queues, not lines. And it wasn’t just the words, but how they were delivered. Listening to Australians made me smile because of the sing-songy way they spoke. And so polite! Have Americans edited politeness from our language? Let’s bring it back.