English around us

A world of words


1. An expression that is used in Great Britain (especially as contrasted with American English).

2. A custom that is peculiar to England or its citizens.

Ginger (red hair), sell-by date, go missing, chat up, do the washing up, keen on, bit, to book … are some of the British words which are entering the American vocabulary.

The popularity of British media, via the Internet, and the influential positions of a number of British journalists in the US may be the reason of this growing trend. Other observers point out the popularity of some British TV shows and books, like Harry Potter, in that country.

30 recent Britishisms used by Americans


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This entry was posted on 29/10/2012 by in Languages.
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