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By Marv Rubinstein

ISBN-10: 0884003167

ISBN-13: 9780884003168

A compendium of yank proverbs, expressions, slang, colloquialisms; British-US word list; abbreviations and acronyms and different numerous odds and ends. prevalent by way of non-native audio system and translators.

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Included are words such as adrift, astern, avast, blue nose, boodle, cleanser, deacon, and flummery. Interesting expressions such as cat-and-dog fight, chowder head, come-on, election day, and take a gander are of Boston, Maine, and other New England origins. California has provided us with abalone, adobe, Big Foot (Sasquatch), embarcadero, and many other terms. Hoosiers come from Indiana and Down-Easters from Maine. g. boll weevil, bracero, buckaroo, chaparral, chaps, corral, ebony, and esplanade.

While, for example, policeman easily becomes police officer, other words and phrases resist change. One almost invariably hears expressions such as Everyone to their own taste. Grammatically incorrect, but why risk offending potential female customers of advertised products? However, when a woman mans the controls of an aircraft, should the term be changed even though it denotes action, not identity? What should we now call a “man hole cover”? The debate over this area of language is clearly unresolved.

And rightly so. The American language is so much richer and more adventurous. British English never stood a chance. The bottom line can perhaps be summed up by a sign in the window of a shop in Tel Aviv, which reads: Ici, on parle français. Se habla español. English spoken here. American understood. More than 650 million people in the world speak English, about sixty percent learning it as a first language. As a second language, English is in popular use in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Israel, the Netherlands, the Scandinavian countries, and half a dozen countries in Africa, among others.

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