[Ads-l] Heard on Britspeak TV: "His business went _burst_."

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Mon Nov 28 03:41:10 UTC 2016

I don't think Brits, of whatever variety, talk about a business going "burst" --
unless they're thinking of an accident in a fireworks factory.

However, they will be found, quite commonly, to refer to a business
establishment "going bust [sic]".

GDoS? -- Thusly: "bust adj.  //  also busted, busted up  //  [bust v.1 (4c)]  //
 1. bankrupt, subject to financial collapse."  Citations from 1829.

Also in OED, which derives "bust" from "burst".


>     On 28 November 2016 at 03:02 Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>     The speaker was a reporter from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, speaking in Rothbury
>     in Northumberland. Do Americans ever say "go burst"? I've never heard it.
>     He also pronounced "leverage" as "leeverage." To me, "levver/leever" is
>     like "ekkonomic/eekonomic," but I've never heard "leeverage," before,
>     either.
>     --
>     -Wilson
>     -----
>     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 - http://www.americandialect.org

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