Language

Punctuation Day: Why Do Brits Call a Period a Full Stop?

Should you feel the need, today (September 24) is the perfect day to get out there and correct all of those silly grammatical errors you see everywhere you go. There’s the grocer that puts an apostrophe in with his potatoes, the ...

5 Words Anglophiles Should Really Use More Often

Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press are currently surveying the way the English language is changing as it leaves the mouths of British people, for the Spoken British National Corpus 2014. It’s a way of keeping ...

Five Tiny U.S. Phrases With Opposite Meanings In The U.K.

Two nations sharing a common language will always come up with regional variations in how they choose to express themselves, but some expressions appear to be trying to cause trouble, albeit in a really innocuous way.

Five Phrases, Five Tiny Differences

Given that the idea of a uniform spelling for any word you’d care to name has only been in existence for a fraction of the time that written language has, you’d think people would make less fuss about tiny regional ...

Ten Commonly-Misused Expressions From British English

Language is a liquid constant. Its only job is to communicate and, really, so long as it does this reasonably efficaciously, none of us have any reason to complain about the rights and wrongs of other people’s communication.

Same Word Different Spelling

Brits and Americans speak the same language, but our words aren’t always spelled the same. The reason being (the short story) is that prior to dictionaries, there was no standardized spelling for the English language.