Tag: American English
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One of the most difficult things I have ever had to do as a lexicographer is explain to my British colleagues what a bracket is. Not ‘each of a pair of marks [ ] used to enclose words or figures so as to separate them from the context’, or ‘a right-angled support attached to and […]more
Although the UK and the US share a common language, there are some rather significant differences in terms of spelling, pronunciation, and vocabulary. In our previous blog posts, we have already covered the differences in spelling and pronunciation between those two countries. This week, we turn our attention to some food, travel, and fashion related terminology you have […]more
If you’ve watched non-Americans get confused while trying our recent ‘American phrases to confuse Brits‘ quiz, now it’s time to turn the tables. Even Anglophiles might struggle with some of the more unusual or idiomatic expressions Brits use in everyday life – particularly those with obscure origins. Pleased with your score? Disappointed? Why not have […]more
Thanks to the worldwide interest in American culture, English speakers around the world are familiar with odd American English expressions like bury the hatchet, pass the buck, and take a rain check. But no matter how many Hollywood movies you watch, there are still probably American idioms that will catch you by surprise. Take a stab at our quiz […]more
Although Canadian English is often lumped together with American English, Canadian English stands apart as its own distinct variety of English. One of the ways that it stands apart is its vocabulary, which includes several borrowings from Quebecois French. Take the quiz below to see how well you know your Canadian English!more
The words app and nap might rhyme, but to say they sound exactly the same is quite clearly wrong. Well, it is quite clearly wrong until you precede them with the indefinite article. There is nothing (apart from context) to distinguish an app from a nap in spoken English, unless you rather take your time […]more