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Articles Tagged 'British behavior'

Is It Necessary to Say ‘Please’ in America?

Lynne Murphy is an American linguist who has lived in the U.K. since 2000. She is a Reader in Linguistics & English Language at the University of Sussex and writes the extremely popular blog “Separated by a Common Language” where she examines word usage on either side of the Pond. Lynne recently wrote about the […]


Rule-Bound Brits: Wanna Break Out Just a Little?

“I’d rather ask for forgiveness than for permission.” If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard an American say this, I wouldn’t need a pension plan. To be honest, it sometimes makes this rule-bound Brit nervous, brought up to follow rules even when they’re borderline nonsensical. For Brits wanting to break out a […]