BrE/AmE words of the year

Bill Palmer w_a_palmer at BELLSOUTH.NET
Sun Dec 20 17:30:51 UTC 2009

Didn't "regift" originate with Seinfeld?

Bill Palmer

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From: "Michael Quinion" <wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG>
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Subject: Re: BrE/AmE words of the year

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>> AmE to BrE import:  staycation
> Indeed so, it's become widely popular in the UK, oddly in view of the fact
> that we Brits take holidays, not vacations.
> Another term that has suddenly started to appear in the newspapers I read
> is "regifting". If I've read the database runes correctly, this has been
> popular in the US for some years. It has popped up half a dozen times in
> the past week and its popularity makes me wonder if it's really new to the
> UK or if I've been blind to it until now.
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