Separated by a Common Language
Observations on British and American English by an American linguist in the UK
May 2, 2023
baggage and luggage
results of a Google search for "luggage" I'm reading Ingrid Paulsen's The emergence of American English as a discursive va...
Apr 11, 2023
NYT Spelling Bee: an archive of disallowed BrE words
Twitter has been my main internet stomping ground since 2009, but I've been withdrawing my labo(u)r from it since October, when it beca...
Apr 3, 2023
My obsession with the word please keeps leading me to new discoveries. This time: a spelling difference! One particular use of please is t...
Mar 13, 2023
what 'polite' means: Culpeper, O'Driscoll & Hardaker (2019)
I've studied the word please off and on for a few years now.* Currently, I'm trying to finish up a study that I started an embarr...
Feb 19, 2023
veteran and vet (noun)
More than once, I think, veteran or (the noun vet) has been nominated for US>UK Word of the Year. Dru, who nominated it for 2022, f...
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