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The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English
By Lynne Murphy
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Key Insights From:
The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English
By Lynne Murphy
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What happens when an American teaches linguistics at a British university? Controversy—that’s what. “It’s ‘lift’—not ‘elevator.’” “It’s ‘mashed potato’—not ‘mashed potatoes.’” “‘Colour’ is spelled with an ‘ou’—not just an ‘o.’” “It’s ‘the government are’—not ‘the government is.’” Britons will joke that England and America are separated by a common language. Linguist Lynne Murphy endeavo(u)rs to separate fact from fiction and debunk some stubborn stereotypes and assumptions about our common language.

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