Separated by a Common Language
Observations on British and American English by an American linguist in the UK
Jan 2, 2023
2022 US-to-UK Word of the Year: homer
Yesterday, I declared the UK-to-US SbaCL Word of the Year. You can read about it here . The US-to-UK one may be as controversial as it was ...
Jan 1, 2023
UK-to-US Word of the Year 2022: fit
Having let the year run its course, I'm now am ready to declare the Separated by a Common Language Words of the Year for 2022. As ever,...
Dec 28, 2022
My plan is to add links to my newsletter as I go along here, so that there's a way for non-subscribers to access old ones. If you'...
Dec 18, 2022
Jim recently ( ish ) wrote to ask me about this line he read in Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz: At the time, I hadn’t completed a deal w...
Nov 27, 2022
fixtures and brackets
It's FIFA World Cup Time, a fact that is hard to avoid in this part of the world. I am not the kind of person who’s interested in watchi...
Nov 20, 2022
WotY news and Lynneguist news
Nominate transatlantic words of the year! It's Word of the Year season, and before the end of 2022—possibly before the end of the 11th m...
Oct 16, 2022
a (head of) lettuce
UPDATE, 20 Oct 2022: The lettuce won! The less I say here about the current state of British politics, the better for all of us, but I'...
Sep 25, 2022
Competition (UK): Win a copy of Ellen Jovin's Rebel with a Clause
For years, Ellen Jovin has carted a table, chair and reference books—first around New York City and later all across the United States—to v...
Aug 14, 2022
fit for purpose / fit to purpose
So I tweeted this recently... Difference of the Day: I seriously cannot believe that I've never done BrE 'fit for purpose'. T...
Jul 17, 2022
Reader Sam Fox wrote in with the question: I am an American, a Midwesterner all my life, though I have traveled quite a bit.. On a recent...
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