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It’s British, but is it English? Posted by on Feb 5, 2021

I admit to being an Anglophile, someone who is very fond of England, its culture, history, and people. Unfortunately, I also love the English language. Sometimes the two conflict with each other. I’m not just talking about words and phrases that the British use that are strange to those of us who are Americans. I’m…

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“The Chaos” of the English Tongue Posted by on Mar 5, 2020

If you’ve ever scratched your head at the bizarre pronunciation practices of English speakers, then this poem is for you! It’s called “The Chaos”, and was originally written by Dutch traveler, linguist, and teacher Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenité (also known by the pseudonym Charivarius), and published in a 1920 textbook Drop Your Foreign Accent: engelsche…

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English: Same word, two spellings. Posted by on Jul 10, 2014

Last month I wrote a post about some common spelling rule differences between British and American English. That post was about spelling rules that can be applied to many different words, in systematic ways, in either America or Great Britain. This post is about specific words that are just spelled differently in these two…

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