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Observations on British and American English by an American linguist in the UKEngland and America are two countries separated by a common language. --George Bernard Shaw BrE = British EnglishAmE = American EnglishOED=Oxford English Dictionary (2nd edn. [1989], unless otherwise noted)
Barbados & The Caribbean
2017-06-18 22:03
The scene behind the KFC near my Barbadian hotelis rather unlike the scene behind the KFC near my Brighton homeAs I mentioned in the last post, and as I have been wont to mention at any oppo… Read More
In/with Hindsight
2017-05-19 21:11
Before our irregularly scheduled blogpost, a couple of announcements:First, I'm on a (BrE) one-off Radio 4 program(me) tomorrow morning (10:30): Americanize! Why the Americanisation of Engli… Read More
Squint, Cross-eyed
2017-05-05 22:44
If you have any interest in the doctor-patient relationship, I very much recommend Dariusz Galasiński's blog. He writes thought-provokingly about various things that he and I have in co… Read More
2017-03-25 13:22
We've been having some problems with people starting to (jocular Linguist English) peeve about unrelated topics in the comments section. This has upset some readers (and also me, but I'm har… Read More
2017-03-09 22:56
Lately, I've been super-aware of people saying that British English "slavishly" copies American English. Like this: the UK slavishly adopts Americanisms !! (from an email to me this wee… Read More
Sure
2017-03-04 23:14
This is one of those posts where I'm going to let someone else do most of the writing. I got this message from Justin a couple of weeks ago:I’m from Malaysia, where BrE dominates in sc… Read More
Is Americanization Speeding Up?
2017-02-28 23:28
Today I got to hear myself on BBC Radio 4's Word of Mouth talking with host Michael Rosen and anti-Americanism-ist Matthew Engel. This is just a picture. Click HERE for the program(me)!Bigge… Read More
Poo, Poop
2017-02-16 23:55
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… Read More
Hit And/or Miss
2017-02-14 21:31
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)l… Read More

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