It seems Americans are starting to chat up gingers more and more…

28 09 2012

So according to the venerable Aunty Beeb, British terms are invading common American English usage just as much as English English is being influenced the other way! Darwinism at work?  😉

BBC News – Britishisms and the Britishisation of American English.

Even President Obama has used “the long game” – which comes from the game of whist.

The article has some interesting little graphs of how terms like “ginger” for a red-head, “chat up” for hit on and “sell-by date” for expiration have steadily made headway into the American usage.

Interesting stuff!

Check out fellow blogger Ben Yagoda‘s contribution at Not One-Off Britishisms





BBC News – London 2012: 12 more British quirks in 212 words for 2012 visitors

3 08 2012

I’ve done well so far to ignore the Olympics back in the Old Country. Couldn’t resist this spin-off project on Aunty Beeb though.

“What is Britain?” in 212 words…

Tea anyone?

BBC News – London 2012: 12 more British quirks in 212 words for 2012 visitors.