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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)
Racial
2018-09-24 14:08
Soon after the Brexit vote, I started writing a blog post about the different usage of the term racial in AmE and BrE. This followed an incident that the UK press had label(l)ed 'racial abus… Read More
Chil(l)i
2018-07-19 22:35
Hello from the Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English, or #ISLE5, as all the cool kids are tweeting it.  We have an afternoon for touristic activit… Read More
Disused
2018-06-11 21:13
It's been months! Contrary to what's perceptible, I am still a blogger! It's just that in the aftermath of the BOOK, I've had a lot of other writing and public-engaging to do. Much of it is… Read More
The Book! The Book!
2018-03-08 23:16
I've been quieter than I'd like to be on this blog, but things have been a bit crazy-hectic-mad getting ready for the release of The Prodigal Tongue: The love-hate relationship between Ameri… Read More
2018-01-07 21:00
This item ran as a Twitter Difference of the Day back in September, and I've been meaning since then to explore it a bit more. My thanks to Colin Fine, who pointed out a Canadian tale of 'th… Read More
2017 UK-to-US Word Of The Year: Shitgibbon
2017-12-21 01:21
This is the second of my 2017 Word of the Year posts. For the US>UK winner, see yesterday's post.A Pinterest page credits this photo to Josef GelernterAs I said then, there's always a cho… Read More
Untranslatable October VII Summary
2017-12-15 10:10
Better late than never (I hope) here is the summary of the SEVENTH 'Untranslatable October'—my annual tweeting of an 'British–American untranslatable' (that is, item lexicalized… Read More
Optional Commas
2017-09-12 14:00
I was tweet-talking with Lane Greene this morning about whether Americans' love for/Britons' indifference to optional commas can be quantified. And so I did a little experiment. And so I'm g… Read More
Sightedness
2017-09-03 13:54
It's the last morning of my (BrE) holiday/(AmE) vacation—off to the airport in less than two hours. But Will W just pre-wrote for me most of a blog post, so I'm going to take advantage… Read More

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