Separated by a Common Language

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Observations on British and American English by an American linguist living in the UK



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poo, poop

on Feb 16, 2017

As I mentioned in the last post, I was at the BBC (on) Monday recording a Word of Mouth episode with Man Who Cries "American English is ruining Britain" Matthew Engel. One of his examples of Americanisms taking over was people in the UK saying poop i...

hit and/or miss

on Feb 14, 2017

I have a little file of things I've looked up and should blog about some day, and in it is this:...as you can see, BrE has hit and miss, but AmE is more hit or miss.But while that was mo(u)ldering away in my desktop folder, Lauren Gawne aka Superling...

flour

on Jan 27, 2017

I've done posts on cream and milk and sugar-refining by-products and other kinds of sugar have come up in passing. Now it's flour's turn, thanks to encouragement from my friend Sandra.I'm just going to do it as a list: BrE AmE...

In a year like this year, it's no surprise that most of the Word-of-the-Year nominations related to politics, either directly or indirectly (like the 2016 UK-to-US WotY). Several of my correspondents have been noticing Americanisms in British politic...

The day after the US election, it became clear to me that the UK-to-US Word of the Year would have to be the adjectiveguttedThe verb to gut is, of course, common to both varieties of English, but in this case I'm talking about an adjectival use of gu...

Our university's website provides helpful information for students about research and writing. It says things like this: Another big mistake is to try and write an essay at the last minute.I look at that and itch to edit it, just like early in my tim...

Headlines were made when Wikileaks, in their recent targeting of Hillary Clinton, released a transcript of a private speech by Bill Clinton. Most news outlets (orig AmE) zeroed in on a particular passage from the speech for their headlines:It looks,...