book -- Britishism?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 10 00:09:28 UTC 2012

On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM, Tom Zurinskas <truespel at> wrote:
> The biggest Britishism I hear lately is "spot on" instead of "right on." I =
> also hear the word "either" often as EYE-ther ~iether=2C when I always thou=
> ght EE-ther ~eether was the majority form.

FWIW, I agree, WRT "spot on." But, IME, "(n)EE-ther" vs. "(n)EYE-ther"
is totally random, even within families. For example, I use EE, my
mother used EYE.

Of course, actual research, as opposed to personal opinion, may show
something else.


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