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13 January 2005


David Tebbutt

Love it. And so true.

Now you'll have to dig out Britspeak Amerispeak. It's a book. But, because I couldn't find it, try this for size:


Very useful when working with Americans.

Neville Hobson

Isn't it?

I have this useful book called simply "American English / English American" which is described as a two-way glossary of words in daily use on both sides of the Atlantic.

Amazing how many different words and phrases there actually are in a language that non-native-speakers often see as the same.

I hear there's an Australian-English dictionary somewhere. Now there's a need... ;)

Andrew Marritt

I bought my Dutch wife Kate Fox's book "Watching the English" for Sint Klaas this year and then proceeded to read bits of it. I was very disappointed to realise that I wasn't at all the unique international individual that I thought I was but a stereotypical Brit, right down to my beliefs, behaviours and, probably, frequent use of 'I was a bit disappointed that...' and 'typical'.

Kate suggests a few others (used in business) "Well, I expect we'll manage somehow" = "Yes, certainly, no trouble" and "That would be quite helpful," = "For Christ's sake, that should have been done yesterday" and "We seem to have a bit of a problem" = It's a complete and utter disaster.

She also points out that we fail to exhibit the required degree of enthusiasm for our work, using remarks such as "Well, it's not bad considering' or 'You could do a lot worse'.

Now, to send that article to my mother-in-law ;-)

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