Book 5: American English English American
On with the info.
Paperback, 47 pages. It was published by Abson Books London in Nov 1971; my version, revised in 1985 and printed 2007. Original cost £2.50, and currently available at £2.50.
The book is subtitled ‘A two-way glossary of words in daily use on both sides of the Atlantic’, and is probably due an update, judging by the way language changes almost daily!
It’s still a useful guide to writers who want to bring authenticity to dialogue in books featuring UK and USA characters and locations.
Here’s a brief sample – words are listed in American with the English version listed alongside in the first half of the book. The second half does the opposite, giving English words and their American counterparts:
aerial – antenna
alsatian – German shepherd/police dog
anorak – parka
articulated lorry – trailer truck
aubergine – eggplant
autumn – fall
Here in UK, we tend to refer to an ‘articulated lorry’ simply as an ‘artic’.