Speaking English Like An Englishman
They IBM United Kingdom (UK) Dictionary for the American Novice
Reproduced with permission from Terry Gliedt via e-mail February 3, 2014. See Footnote for further information on copyright and usage of his material
The items in this dictionary were collected while Terry lived in the United Kingdom from 1981 to 1983. The work is no longer maintained and so contains dated references to people of the time. The definitions are his interpretation of explanations from Brits with whom he came into contact with and hence may not be complete or even totally accurate. While in the UK he learned that the "English" and "American" languages have less in common than might be supposed. New words can be confusing and their meaning may be lost to you. More troublesome is a word which has a completely different meaning in each language. The problem is that you think you understand.
"What is a 'lift?' "
The items found below may cause confusion for one who is conversant in both languages. The word being defined is an "English" word or phrase. The definition is in "American". All English words are entered in capital letters so the reader will not be misled. Mixed case words may be safely interpreted by the American reader. Not all meanings are given for a particular word. English words often have several meanings and only those which differ (from American) are listed here.
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