not WOTY yet

Lynne Murphy m.l.murphy at SUSSEX.AC.UK
Mon Jul 18 12:34:22 UTC 2011

Perhaps a candidate for the Separated by a Common Language BrE-to-AmE WotY.



--On 17 July 2011 19:07 +0100 victor steinbok <aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

> Much of the News International scandal reporting mentions "blagging". This
> includes not only stories about the illegal activities of the Murdoch
> media empire, but also The Sun response to Gordon Brown "blagging" about
> The Sun obtaining his son's medical information (they claim Brown's wife
> gave them the info). Both meanings (obtaining something through deception
> and convincing someone disingenuously) appear in the OED under "blag",
> but are purely British. When "blag" and "blagging" shows up in US
> reporting on the scandal, it causes some head-scratching.
> VS-)

Dr M Lynne Murphy
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
Director of English Language and Linguistics
School of English
Arts B348
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QN

phone: +44-(0)1273-678844

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list