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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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,...

I'm feeling a bit of pressure to put nice pictures at the start of my blog posts because the new homepage layout features whichever picture is first. Corpus tables make boring pictures, so I am using this as an excuse to share with you a delightful a...

As previously announced, this was the 6th October during which I tweeted an 'British–American untranslatable' (that is, item lexicalized in one national dialect and not the other) on each weekday. If you'd like to complain that any of these does no...

dandelion clock

on Oct 23, 2016 in: games, plants

Grover and I like to play a bit of (BrE) cod-Pictionary, using the cards from a UK edition of Cranium. She's 8 now, and I've been pretty impressed by her ability to communicate in pictures. So recently we were playing and she drew these two things (h...