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British English A to Zed, Third Edition
  • Authored by: Norman W. Schur, Revised by Eugene Ehrlich and Richard Ehrlich
  • From the Series: Writers Reference
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816064555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6455-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $55.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 12/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 423.1
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 480


Praise for the previous edition
"Educational and entertaining...succeeds as a useful...tool for Anglophiles...Recommended for general readers."—Choice

"...continues to be a useful source for public and academic libraries."—Booklist

British English A to Zed is a comprehensive guide to everyday English spoken on the other side of the Atlantic. General readers and language lovers alike will have immediate access to an alphabetical listing of more than 5,500 "Briticisms" and their correlating "Americanisms" in this volume. Featured in this edition are several hundred new entries; lively discussions of British language, pronunciation, punctuation, style, usage, and culture; and special sections on units of measure, automotive terms, cricket terms, and more. For readers, travelers, and Anglophiles everywhere, this entertaining and authoritative resource is a cultural delight.

New entries include:

  • Bang on
  • Chav
  • Chinless wonder
  • Gastropub
  • Gutted
  • Happy as Larry
  • Jack the lad
  • Lager lout
  • Nanny state
  • New Labour
  • Pie and mash
  • Throw a wobbly
  • Voddy
  • Wheelie bin
  • and more.


Index. Appendixes. Glossary. Cross-references.

About the Author(s)

The late Norman W. Schur wrote several books on language and divided his time between England and the United States.

Eugene Ehrlich is coeditor of the Oxford American Dictionary and the author of numerous books on language, including You've Got Ketchup on Your Muumuu: An A to Z Guide to English Words from Around the World; The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate; and Veni, Vidi, Vici: Conquer Your Enemies, Impress Your Friends with Everyday Latin. A former senior lecturer of English at Columbia University, he lives in Mamaroneck, NY.

Richard Ehrlich is an American writer living in London. He has written regular columns for some of Britain’s best-known national newspapers, including The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, and the Financial Times. He has also published work in numerous magazines, written five books, and appeared on BBC Radio.

Reviews and Awards

"A delightful read."
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