British English A to Zed

British English A to Zed


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816064564
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/2007
Series: Writer's Library
Edition description: REV
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Explanatory Notes
British English: A to Zed
Appendix IGeneral Differences Between British and American English
2.Definite articles
3.Compound nouns
4.Noun-verb agreement; collectives
5.Who and other pronouns
1.Proper nouns and adjectives; general; county name abbreviations (Tables)
2.Common nouns (Tables)
C.Spoken Usage and Figures of Speech
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
3.Quotation marks
4.Time of day
6.Abbreviations of forms of address
7.Forms of address
8.Placement of River
9.Miscellaneous abbreviations
Appendix IIGlossaries and Tables
B.Financial Terms
C.Units of Measure
1.Dry measure
@i.Pigs, oxen
@f.Stone (Table of weights of various commodities)
2.Liquid measure
@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)
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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