By Christopher Davies
In Divided via a standard Language, Christopher Davies explains those expressions and discusses the numerous transformations in pronunciation, spelling, and vocabulary among British and American English. He compares the customs, manners, and sensible info of lifestyle within the uk and the U.S., and American readers will get pleasure from his account of yank tradition as obvious via an Englishman’s eyes.
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Extra resources for Divided by a Common Language: A Guide to British and American English
In the US, the social pecking order is not always as apparent merely by accent as it is in the UK. However, differences between the accents of various social groups in the US can be heard, even by Britons unfamiliar with American dialects, especially in the large cities of the East. Americans are more inclined to attend church regularly than Britons. An estimated ioo million Americans attend a church every Sunday. Synagogues, also called temples, are also well attended. Drive-ins and drive-through services are popular in the US, especially with banks and fast-food restaurants, although drive-in movies have decreased in numbers since the 1980s.
Many children take advantage of the free school buses. During the school year, urban roads are fairly swarming with these yellow buses. Other drivers are required to stop behind and in front of the bus when it stops to pick up or drop off children, so this can slow down your commute if you get stuck behind one. In the morning many school children are required to recite the pledge of allegiance. Prayers are not permitted in public schools; however, some schools have a moment of silence for quiet reflection at the start of the day.
37 DIVIDED BY A COMMON LANGUAGE CLOTHING AND SHOES KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES When looking for a specific items in a clothing store, you should note that many articles of clothing have different names in the UK and the US. In some cases, the difference in terminology might even lead to a good deal of confusion. Note that jumper, knickers, suspenders, and vest have very different meanings in the UK and the US. Clothing and Shoes us UK ascot cravat beaded (dress) diamante business suit + lounge suit canvas sneakers plimsolls/pumps collar stay collar stiffener coveralls boiler suit crew neck turtle-neck cuffs turn-ups derby bowler hat fedora trilby garters suspenders golfing knickers plus-fours + hose stockings + inseam inside leg jumper pinafore dress knee-highs pop socks knickers knickerbockers made-to-order bespoke INSTITUTIONS AND SERVICES US UK nightgown nightdress off-the-rack off the peg oxfords brogues pantsuit panties trouser suit knickers pants + trousers + pantyhose tights parka + anorak pumps (for women) court shoes raincoat + mac/mackintosh rubber boots + Wellingtons ski mask Balaclava snaps (fasteners) press-studs sneakers spike heels trainers stiletto heels + sport coat sports jacket suspenders braces sweater + woolly/jumper sweater set twin set + turtleneck polo-neck tuxedo dinner jacket undershirt undershorts/Jockey shorts vest underpants/Y-fronts vest waistcoat 39 DIVIDED BY A COMMON LANGUAGE SCHOOLS The British School System In Britain there are many types of schools.