Category: Varieties of English
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It has been said that Great Britain and the United States are two nations divided by a common language. When it comes to potatoes, this is most evident in three words: chips, fries, and crisps. Basically, British crisps are US chips, while British chips are US fries/French fries. Confused? Let’s look a little closer. *Orange* […]more
As a South African ex-pat living in the UK and working for Oxford Dictionaries, I often think about the similarities and differences between the English spoken ‘back home’ and standard British English. Robots have taken over the city … There were some South African words I quickly stopped using after moving here, to avoid confusion […]more
The peculiarities of South Africa’s political and economic heritage meant that in the twentieth century it bequeathed to English, among other things, a number of political terms that captured the mood of those troubled times. February sees two notable milestones, the twenty-first anniversaries of the unbanning of the African National Congress (ANC) and of the […]more
When Kylie Minogue used the words dag and daggy in a TV interview last year, an explanation was required: “it’s just kind of like the opposite of cool, you know?” What a perfect definition, and who better to define it than our national pop ambassador? Australian English is often mysterious when heard outside its native […]more