Monday, August 25, 2014

Why Don't Americans Spell "Pyjamas" Like the Rest of the English-Speaking World?

You might call them jammies. Perhaps you prefer jim-jams. Or maybe you're more hip than the rest of us and opt for P.J.s. Whatever you call them, it's likely your pet name for sleeping garments is tied to the word pyjamas. Unless, that is, you're American.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Why Brits Need to Stop Taking Issue with American -er Word Endings

Continuing my defence (or is it defense?) of American English, allow me to shift focus to a topic that remains very close to my heart: American -er word endings. For whatever reason, many of my British compatriots like to point their sticks—with varying degrees of earnestness—at these American spellings in particular. The most widely attacked, and perhaps the most well-known examples, are meter, center and theater (as opposed to the British spellings metre, centre, and theatre).

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

34 American Homophones Not As Common in British English


Being the wonderfully complex language that it is, English is replete with groups of words that are pronounced the same way but with totally different meanings (such as to and two). These words are known as homophones and are present in both British English and American English (and all other forms of English!). However, for the purposes of this article, let's talk about those homophones used widely in AmE that are far less common in BrE.