Divided by a Common Language: A Guide to British and American English

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 26, 2007 - Travel - 256 pages
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Puzzled by signs warning you to “mind the gap” in the London Underground? Wondering what will be on your plate if you order “toad in the hole” in a London café? In Divided by a Common Language, Christopher Davies explains these expressions and discusses the many differences in pronunciation, spelling, and vocabulary between British and American English. He compares the customs, manners, and practical details of daily life in the United Kingdom and the United States, and American readers will enjoy his account of American culture as seen through an Englishman’s eyes. Davies tops it off with an amusing list of expressions that sound innocent enough in one country but make quite the opposite impression in the other. Two large glossaries help travelers translate from one variety of English to the other, and additional lists explain the distinctive words of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Divided by a Common Language is the ideal travel companion for both British visitors to the U.S. and American visitors to the U.K. 
 
 

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Contents

How Did British and American English Become So Different?
1
Tips For The Tourist
8
Practical Information
10
For The Technically Minded
15
Institutions and Services
18
Differences in Customs and Etiquette
48
Transportation
54
Pronunciation and Grammer
73
Notes on Symbols and Abbreviations
131
Miscellaneous Information
134
UKUS Lexicon
137
USUK Lexicon
178
Explanations
220
Other Varieties of English
228
Cockney Rhyming Slang
237
Back Matter
240

Spelling
84
Sundry Terms
95
What Not to Say
101
Idioms and Expressions
108
Back Cover
249
Spine
250
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About the author (2007)

CHRISTOPHER DAVIES was born and raised in England and spent several years living in Australia and New Zealand. In 1980 he settled in Florida. The many unfamiliar expressions and pronunciations that he encountered in American English led him to write Divided by a Common Language.

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