Sunday, October 14, 2018

5 Supposedly British Words That Were Coined in America | Distant Words

Not all of the words on the internet’s 400 billion lists of quaint British words are, in fact, British. Sure, they might sound like they fell from a Jane Austen novel, but occasionally, their place of birth was closer to Dickinson than Dickens. Sometimes, those quaint British words originated in the United States of America. And so, here are 5 British words that did exactly that.





Laurence Brown is a British writer and YouTuber who somehow convinced the city of Chicago to let him in. He is an English Language graduate from Lancaster University and a passionate word etymologist, with a particular interest in British and American neologisms. Since moving to the United States, he has become increasingly curious about Britain's historical influence on American culture and about America in general.

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