Mighty Fine Words and Smashing Expressions

Mighty Fine Words and Smashing Expressions

Making Sense of Transatlantic English

Book - 2003
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Lexicographer Hargraves has lived on and off in Britain for the past 15 years, and finally was trying to remember too many differences in expressions on one or the other side of the Atlantic. So he began to make a list to refer to, and decided that he could widen it somewhat from his personal concerns and provide others with a handy reference as well, including Brits trying to make sense of Yank. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Mighty Fine Words and Smashing Expressions: Making Sense of Transatlantic English is a practical and engaging guide to sorting out the differences between American and British English. Written with a culturally neutral stance, this book catalogs the differences between the "two" languages. Not simply a collection of lists, the chapters of this book are arranged around important and familiar topics, including Education; the Government and the Law; Money, Business, and Work; Sickness and Health; Food, Clothing, and Shelter; Transport(ation); Sport(s) and Leisure; and What You Don't Say.
Entertaining and fun, Mighty Fine Words and Smashing Expressions contains comprehensive word and subject indexes, making it an invaluable resource for word-lovers, English teachers, media junkies, and travel(l)ers back and forth across the pond.

Oxford University Press
Have you ever traveled to England, been offered a "fairycake," and not known how to respond? Have you ever had to explain the difference between a "sleeping policeman" and a "speed bump" to a visiting Brit? Are you sure you know the difference between a "chip" and a "crisp"? (Transatlantic English) is a practical and entertaining guide to the differences between American and British English. As if written from a point in the Atlantic ocean exactly between Britain and the U.S., this book catalogs the differences between the "two" languages by taking a culturally neutral stance - addressing the needs of both British and American readers and listeners. Not a collection of lists, the chapters of (Transatlantic English) are arranged around important and familiar topics, including Politics, Law, and Government; Business and Money; Medicine and Healthcare; Education; Food, Clothing, and Shelter; Profanity and Obscenity, making this book essential not only for word lovers, but also students abroad, business and casual travelers, and anyone confused by the differences in our common tongue. With (Transatlantic English) you won't be caught with your "knickers" down again.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780195157048
0195157044
Branch Call Number: 428 HAR
Characteristics: xiii, 305 p. ; 24 cm

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AdrienneC
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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