book -- Britishism?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Oct 9 14:46:09 UTC 2012

I was, of course, only being snarky.  I have:

make or schedule an appointment (with the doctor) -- but not book or reserve
reserve a table (at the restaurant) -- but not make, schedule, or book
schedule or book a business meeting -- but not make or reserve
      and even
book or reserve a tennis court -- but not make or schedule

Isn't English wonderful?  Especially for ESL students.


At 10/8/2012 10:26 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

>On Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> > That "book" is used at the particular university and for the
> > particular games cited by Wilson and Arnold just proves it *is* a
> > snotty Britishism.
>QED. :-)
>All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
>to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>-Mark Twain
>The American Dialect Society -

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