Mighty Fine Words and Smashing Expressions

Mighty Fine Words and Smashing Expressions

Making Sense of Transatlantic English

Book - 2003
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Americans and Britons are exposed to unedited texts, scripts, and speech from one another's dialects at an unprecedented and accelerating rate. Most people have no trouble understanding the general meaning of language in the other dialect, but readers and listeners very often fail tounderstand or misunderstand critical words, references, and allusions for lack of familiarity of the social and cultural contexts that underlie various usages. This book remedies this gap in understanding by cataloguing the differences that language users on either side of the Atlantic are likely toencounter in their dealings with the other dialect. By taking a culturally neutral stance it addresses the needs of both British and American readers and listeners.The thematic organization of the book allows the user to access language differences in various subject areas, where words likely to be needed at the same time can all be found together. Chapters include; Politics, Law, and Government; Business and Money; Medicine and Healthcare; Education; Food,Clothing, and Shelter; Transportation; Sports; and Profanity and Obscenity, in addition to basic information on orthography, weights and measures, etc. The appendices and extensive index provide a ready point of entry for quick look-ups, and there will be an extra chapter on Canadian, Australian,and Asian English.
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2003.
ISBN: 9780195157048
Branch Call Number: 427. 973 HAR
Characteristics: xiii, 305 p.


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Aug 04, 2005

Most of us are aware of some of the differences between North American and British English: We know that a truck is a lorry in the UK, and that vehicles run on petrol, have their engines under a bonnet, and their storage space at the back in the boot. Author Hargraves is a lexicographer who has lived in both the US and the UK. He has compiled an accessible, entertaining, and quite comprehensive book on the language differences between the two countries, with chapters grouping words by subject (Money, Business and work, Education, etc.). The first couple of chapters are somewhat dry (unless you''re a real linguistics/orthography wonk); don''t let them put you off the rest of the book, which is a treat.

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