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British English A to Zed is the most comprehensive guide to everyday English as it is spoken on both sides of the Atlantic. No longer will you be left confused when someone asks to borrow your biro (ballpoint pen) or your housewife (sewing kit).

This updated and revised edition includes more than 5,000 words from sources as diverse as London businesses and Bridget Jones's Diary, as well as lively, up-to-date discussions of British pronunciation, punctuation, and style; units of measure; automotive terms; cricket terms; and much more. Arranged alphabetically by Briticism, entries feature their corresponding Americanisms as well as details about usage.

For readers, travelers, and Anglophiles everywhere, this entertaining and authoritative resource is a cultural delight.

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Editorial Reviews

American Anglophiles will find this compendium a "clinking" (damn good) guide to current and outmoded Briticisms. Parts of speech are identified; pronunciation guides use common words rather than phonetics. Includes appended material on general differences between British and American English; and terms relating to units of measure, motor-cars, slang, musical notation, food, botany/zoology, cricket, and place-names. The index lists US terms followed by British equivalents, but not page numbers. First published as (Verbatim, 1980). The revision is by Eugen Ehrlich, as Schur is deceased. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816064557
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Writer's Reference Library
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 480
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Explanatory Notes
British English: A to Zed
Appendix I General Differences Between British and American English
A. Syntax
1. Prepositions
2. Definite articles
3. Compound nouns
4. Noun-verb agreement; collectives
5. Who and other pronouns
B. Pronunciation
1. Proper nouns and adjectives; general; county name abbreviations (Tables)
2. Common nouns (Tables)
C. Spoken Usage and Figures of Speech
1. General
2. Do and done
3. Directness and subtlety of British and American styles compared
4. Usage of selected units of measure
5. Usage of selected monetary units
6. U and non-U
D. Punctuation and Style
1. Hyphens
2. Parentheses
3. Quotation marks
4. Time of day
5. Dates
6. Abbreviations of forms of address
7. Forms of address
8. Placement of River
9. Miscellaneous abbreviations
E. Spelling
Appendix II Glossaries and Tables
A. Currency
B. Financial Terms
C. Units of Measure
1. Dry measure
@a. Barrel
@b. Hundredweight
@c. Keel
@d. Quart
@e. Score
@i. Pigs, oxen
@ii. Coal
@f. Stone (Table of weights of various commodities)
@g. Ton
@h. Windle
2. Liquid measure
@a. Gallon
@b. Gill
@c. Pint (see gallon)
@d. Quart (see gallon)
D. Numbers (Table)
E. Automotive Terms (Table for parts of: Body, Brakes, Chassis, Electrical Equipment, Motor and Clutch, Axle and Transmission, Steering, Tools and Accessories, Transmission, Tires)
F. Musical Notation (Table)
G. Slang
1. Cant
2. London slang (Table)
3. Rhyming slang (Table)
4. Poker slang (Table)
5. British betting terms (Glossary)
H. Food Names
I. Botanical and Zoological Names
J. Britain, Briton, British, English, etc.
K. Cricket Terms (Glossary)
L. Connotative Place-Names
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