That's Not English

That's Not English

Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us

Book - 2015
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An expat's witty and insightful exploration of English and American cultural differences through the lens of language that will leave readers gobsmacked

In That's Not English , the seemingly superficial differences between British and American English open the door to a deeper exploration of a historic and fascinating cultural divide. In each of the thirty chapters, Erin Moore explains a different word we use that says more about us than we think. For example, "Quite" exposes the tension between English reserve and American enthusiasm; in "Moreish," she addresses our snacking habits. In "Partner," she examines marriage equality; in "Pull," the theme is dating and sex; "Cheers" is about drinking; and "Knackered" covers how we raise our kids. The result is a cultural history in miniature and an expatriate's survival guide.

American by birth, Moore is a former book editor who specialized in spotting British books--including Eats, Shoots & Leaves --for the US market. She's spent the last seven years living in England with her Anglo American husband and a small daughter with an English accent. That's Not English is the perfect companion for modern Anglophiles and the ten million British and American travelers who visit one another's countries each year.

Publisher: New York :, Gotham Books,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781592408856
Branch Call Number: 427 MO
Characteristics: 1 volume


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PimaLib_SusannahC Mar 16, 2016

Have you ever been confounded by British expressions when you are reading an English novel or watching an English crime drama? Then "That's not English" is the perfect book for you! Erin Moore, an American living in London, explains words you've never heard before like moreish, whinge, and skint. She also explains words that you thought you knew - words like quite, tea and sorry. Moore doesn't just tell you the definition, she shares the history of the word and the culture behind it. Very funny and insightful.

Oct 10, 2015

Interesting and engaging - especially if you have any connexion to Britain or any curiosity about language and cultural differences among English speakers. Loved it.


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