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By Norman W. Schur, Eugene H. Ehrlich

British English A to Zed offers readers instant entry to an alphabetical directory of both the hundreds of thousands of ''Briticisms'' pointed out within the normal entries or the correlating ''Americanisms'' that seem in the course of the publication. This up to date version beneficial properties greater than 5,000 entries, together with new phrases, either formal and slang, and phrases from assets as different as London companies and Bridget Jones's Diary.

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The term describes a table lamp with a base built of a series of hinged arms with springs and counter-weights that adjust the height, beam direction, and so on. M. What the British call an Extraordinary General Meeting is called a Special Meeting of Shareholders (Stockholders) in America. anorak, n. An Eskimo word, stressed on the first syllable. another pair of shoes light waterproof jacket a horse of a different color another place SEE COMMENT This is the way the House of Commons refers to the House of Lords, and it works the other way around.

Baseball. The British say fielder or fieldsman, but never batter. Generally, batsman is shortened to bat: Clive is a fine bat! See also bat first; carry one's bat; off one's own bat; play a straight bat. Battersea box SEE COMMENT Cylindrical or bottle-shaped little enameled copper case with decorated hinged top, typically for perfume, bonbons, etc. The authentic antique boxes were produced at Battersea, a part of London, for only a few years (1753-56) and are rare and expensive. Good copies are being made today with traditional or new designs.

Company picnic Inf. Also called a beano (slang). Apparently, pork and beans (in Britain beans and bacon) were considered an indispensable element of the annual company celebration. The term has been extended to mean informally any merry occasion. beano. See bean-feast. beans and bacon pork and beans bearskin, n. SEE COMMENT High fur hat worn by the Brigade of Guards; much higher than a busby. Also any article of clothing made of fur. , adv. 1 . unpleasant 2. terribly (very) beat up Inf. pick up Inf.

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