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Differences in British and American English
Differences in British and American English
England and America are two countries divided by a common language
England and America are two countries divided by a common language
What does this mean
What does this mean
Word confusions with one meaning
Word confusions with one meaning
Translate this sentence
Translate this sentence
Word confusion with multiple meanings
Word confusion with multiple meanings
Potentially embarrassing situations: rubber
Potentially embarrassing situations: rubber
Potentially embarrasing situations pants
Potentially embarrasing situations pants
Potentially confusing situations
Potentially confusing situations
Other confusing situations
Other confusing situations
A note on schooling
A note on schooling
Is there really a language barrier
Is there really a language barrier
How did this divergence occur
How did this divergence occur
Noah Webster
Noah Webster
The languages divergeand converge
The languages divergeand converge
Just for fun
Just for fun
Bibliography
Bibliography

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Differences in British and American English

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1 Differences in British and American English

Differences in British and American English

2 England and America are two countries divided by a common language

England and America are two countries divided by a common language

~George Bernard Shaw

3 What does this mean

What does this mean

I put on a jumper and raced to catch a lift. Once outside, I discovered it was dark and I was feeling mad. "I should have brought a torch," I thought. At the underground I bought a return ticket. "How am I going to get a rise from my boss?" I wondered.

4 Word confusions with one meaning

Word confusions with one meaning

American

British

Gas

Petrol

Truck

Lorry

Bathroom

Loo

Line

Queue

Stove

Hob

Napkins

Serviettes

Eggplant

Aubergine

Zuchinni

Courgette

5 Translate this sentence

Translate this sentence

British English: I was waiting in queue for the loo before getting some petrol for my lorry when I realized I left the hob on and the aubergines were probably burning!

American English: I was waiting in line for the bathroom before getting some gas for my truck when I realized I left the stove on and the eggplant was probably burning!

6 Word confusion with multiple meanings

Word confusion with multiple meanings

Appetizer/Entree Bank Teller/Cashier French fries/Chips Cigarette/Fag Dessert/Pudding Eraser/Rubber Soccer/Football Sweater/Jumper Suspenders/Braces Underwear/Pants

Flashlight/Torch A Flirt/Tart Hood (car)/Bonnet Jello/Jelly Jelly/Jam Pants/Trousers Private school/Public school Public School/State school Undershirt/Vest

7 Potentially embarrassing situations: rubber

Potentially embarrassing situations: rubber

Excuse me, do you have a rubber?

8 Potentially embarrasing situations pants

Potentially embarrasing situations pants

underwear

My other jeans ripped, so Ive been wearing these pants for the past three days!

9 Potentially confusing situations

Potentially confusing situations

*If a British person

Asks you about football they mean soccer Asks you bring pudding they mean dessert Puts on a jumper they mean a sweater Wears braces. wears suspenders Wears suspenders wears garters

10 Other confusing situations

Other confusing situations

Ask for chips in England, and youll get French Fries, not potato crisps Tell a British friend to pick up some jelly at the store, and theyll bring home gelatin (Jell-o) not jam

11 A note on schooling

A note on schooling

In the US, a public school is government funded In the US, a private school requires tuition

In England, a public school requires tutition In England, a state school is government funded

12 Is there really a language barrier

Is there really a language barrier

In his history of the Second World War, Winston Churchill records that differences in the interpretation of the verb "to table" caused an argument between British and American planners. The British wanted a matter tabled immediately because it was important, and the Americans insisted it should not be tabled at all because it was important. In British English, the term means "to discuss now" (the issue is brought to the table), whereas in American English it means "to defer" (the issue is left on the table).

13 How did this divergence occur

How did this divergence occur

The Atlantic ocean served as a major divide, allowing the two dialects to develop American English picked up words from Native American languages as well as from Dutch, Spanish, and French settlers Noah Webster decided to solidify and standardize American English in his dictionary

14 Noah Webster

Noah Webster

Writer of the first American dictionary in 1806 Believed that Americans language should reflect the way they spoke, and be distinct from British English Came of age during the American revolution, and therefore placed great emphasis on Americas cultural separation from England Simplified spellings of many words, such as plough?plow centre?center colour?color Added uniquely American words, such as squash and chowder

15 The languages divergeand converge

The languages divergeand converge

The differences in the languages reached its peak right after the industrial revolution With the spread of modern technology, more terms are becoming common

16 Just for fun

Just for fun

17 Bibliography

Bibliography

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Atlantis/2284/ http://www.riverdeep.net/current/2001/03/032001_language.jhtml http://books.google.com/books?id=13SyhqA6R28C&pg=PA54&lpg=PA54&dq=two+countries+divided+by+a+common+language&source=bl&ots=ImLkZ4CT95&sig=TWX1u1ZKRQqRKBxr0jt35C4id4U&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=8&ct=result#PPR3,M1 http://blog.languagetranslation.com/public/item/118655 http://www.effingpot.com/ The American Language an Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States by H.L. Mencken http://www.bartleby.com/185/

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