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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)
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
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
2017-09-01 16:31
Will Fitzgerald has asked me more than once to cover British use of the adjective sorted. It has made an appearance on the blog before, as part of an Untranslatable October. But that short b… Read More
Thank You Very/so Much
2017-07-29 21:26
Last week at Corpus Linguistics 2017, Rachele De Felice and I presented our research on thanking in US and UK corporate emails. We'll be writing that up for publication in the coming months… Read More

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