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February 27, 2005

How to speak British


Daily inoculations of The Financial Times and a weekly dose of The Economist have furnished me with enough material to offer a bit of language arbitrage, as it were, between the American and English versions of the mother tongue.


Without further fanfare, then:

    donut = doughnut

    soybean = soyabean

    glitters = glisters

    jewelry = jewellery

    there it is = Bob's your uncle

    math = maths

    finish [first] = come [first]

    blocked = furred-up

    whine = whinge

    disappear = go missing

February 27, 2005 at 11:01 AM | Permalink


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That's nothing to what a quick trip down to Home Depot will reveal: I'd wager at least 50% of hardware items have completely different names.

Are you *sure* about glisters?

Posted by: Russ | Feb 27, 2005 8:29:08 PM

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