UK English Blown to US Shores, ‘Like Some Exotic Seed’

Hypothetical flag quartering the British and American flags (Lunar Dragon via Wikimedia Commons)

Hypothetical flag quartering the British and American flags (Lunar Dragon via Wikimedia Commons)


For decades, Brits have complained about American contamination of British English. More recently, the reverse has been taking place: British expressions are elbowing their way into American speech. So far, Americans don’t seem to mind.

Listen above for a conversation with two people who closely follow these lexical exchanges: Lynne Murphy at the University of Sussex and author of the Separated by a Common Language blog; and Ben Yagoda at the University of Delaware and author of the Not One-Off Britishisms blog.

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One response to “UK English Blown to US Shores, ‘Like Some Exotic Seed’

  1. I am a Canadian who has also lived in the UK, USA, and the Middle East. It no longer even registers with me that I am using ‘foreign’ expressions or pronunciations. I think my vocabulary is much richer because of this infusion of words and phrases from other places.

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