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Divided by a Common Language

by Christopher Davies and Jason Murphy

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Divided by a Common Language is a comprehensive reference book about the differences between British English and American English, valuable both as a serious reference book, and a humorous read. It covers pronunciation and spelling differences along with a comprehensive dictionary of the words which have a different meaning or are unknown in the other country. The comparison of idioms and expressions will have everyone in stitches! A must for the traveler (from either side of the Atlantic). It includes a UK-US lexicon: Dustbin day = Garbage day; Earth wire = Ground wire; Eiderdown = Comforter; Elastoplast = Band Aid; Elevenses = Morning tea break; Emulsion paint = Latex paint; Envisage = Envision; Estate agent = Realtor; Estate car = Station wagon; etc. And a US-UK lexicon: Cornstarch = Corn flour; Costume party = Fancy dress party; Cot = Camp bed; Cotton = Cotton wool; Cotton candy = Candyfloss; Counterclockwise = Anticlockwise; Crazy quilt = Patchwork quilt; Cream of wheat = Semolina; etc. Author Christopher Davies was born in England and has lived in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. He moved to Florida in 1980 where he currently resides.

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