That's Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us

By Erin Moore

An expat’s witty and insightful exploration of English and American cultural variations during the lens of language that may depart readers gobsmacked

In That’s no longer English, the possible superficial modifications among British and American English open the door to a deeper exploration of a ancient and interesting cultural divide. In all the thirty chapters, Erin Moore explains a distinct be aware we use that claims extra approximately us than we predict. for instance, "Quite" exposes the stress among English reserve and American enthusiasm; in "Moreish," she addresses our snacking conduct. In "Partner," she examines marriage equality; in "Pull," the topic is relationship and intercourse; "Cheers" is ready consuming; and "Knackered" covers how we bring up our youngsters. the result's a cultural historical past in miniature and an expatriate’s survival guide.
 

American by means of beginning, Moore is a former booklet editor who really good in recognizing British books—including Eats, Shoots & Leaves—for the USA industry. She’s spent the final seven years residing in England together with her Anglo American husband and a small daughter with an English accessory. That’s no longer English is definitely the right better half for contemporary Anglophiles and the 10 million British and American tourists who stopover at one another’s nations every one year.

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