Mighty Fine Words and Smashing Expressions: Making Sense of Transatlantic English

Hardcover | October 15, 2002

EditorOrin Hargraves

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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.

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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, reference...

Orin Hargraves is a longtime freelance lexicographer with much experience in both US and UK writing.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:October 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195157044

ISBN - 13:9780195157048

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Arrangement of Letters2. A Choice of Words3. Money, Work, and Business4. The Government and the Law5. Education6. Sickness and Health7. Food, Clothing, and Shelter8. Transport(ation)9. Sport(s) and Leisure10. What You Don't Say11. The Stuff of LifeAppendices1. Other Major Dialects2. Idioms and Phrasal Verbs3. Measures and Numbers4. CalendarBibliographySubject IndexWord Index

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