[Ads-l] US slang with British origins?--correction

Geoffrey Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Sat May 12 12:38:46 EDT 2018


Sorry, 'puckish' should be 'peckish'.


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Lynne has a large number of examples of recent borrowings from the left sid=
e of the Atlantic to the right in her recent book. Here's a random set from=
 page 278:


gobsmacked

knock-on effect

run-up

kerfuffle

puckish

one-off

liaise

bespoke

getting sacked

baby bump


I know there's lots more, but since I grew up in in Canada in a British-spe=
aking household I'm not a reliable judge.


Geoff


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, which I =3D
assume was born British, in cispondian usage.  Lynne Murphy probably has =
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a passel of examples at her disposal, but she=3DE2=3D80=3D99s no longer on =
the =3D
list.

LH

> On May 12, 2018, at 12:13 AM, GEOFFREY NUNBERG <nunbergg at GMAIL.COM> =3D
wrote:
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> Mencken wrote, "It is most unusual for an English neologism to be =3D
taken up in this country, and when it is, it is only by a small class, =3D
mainly made up of conscious Anglomaniacs. To the common people =3D
everything English, whether an article of dress, a social custom or a =3D
word or phrase has what James M. Cain has called 'a somewhat pansy =3D
cast.' That is to say, it is regarded as affected, effeminate and =3D
ridiculous.=3DE2=3D80=3D9D=3D20
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> That was then, of course, but I have to say I=3DE2=3D80=3D99m hard put to=
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come up with examples of current American slang that began their lives =3D
as Britishisms, in the way that Americanisms like =3DE2=3D80=3D9Cawesome=3D=
E2=3D80=3D9D=3D
 and =3DE2=3D80=3D9Cyou guys=3DE2=3D80=3D9D have naturalized as slang in th=
e UK.
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> Geoff
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> Geoffrey Nunberg
> School of Information,
> University of California, Berkeley
> Berkeley, CA 94720-4600
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