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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This ebook is largely an increased and up-to-date model of the vintage "Dictionary of German Synonyms" by means of B. okay. Farrell, considered one of my all-time favourite language books. The books proportion a few impressive similarities and i'm incorporating my overview of that booklet during this review.
Recently in my German dialog classification I remarked anything to the influence that each time I make a presentation to a wide staff i'm grateful that "am mindestens ist es auf Englisch" that's, "at least it is in English," my local tongue. My teacher, a local speaker of German, instinctively corrected my use of the time period "am mindestens," asserting that I must have stated "am wenigstens ist es auf Englisch," but if requested, she learned that even supposing she was once yes "am wenigstens" will be right, she could not fairly clarify why.
I evidently grew to become my outdated trustworthy "Dictonary of German Synonyms", certainly one of my favourite language books, for rationalization. the excellence is outwardly that "am mindestens" could be used basically with special numerical quantities, equivalent to for instance "I drank at the least 2 liters of Gluhwein final evening. " I say "apparently" as the clarification in Farrell's publication is basically a section cryptic.
Much extra transparent is the more moderen and bigger (and dearer) "A sensible Dictionary of German utilization" via okay. B. Beaton. the 2 books are tremendous comparable. Farrell used to be a Professor of German on the collage of Sydney and his ebook used to be released via Cambridge college Press. Beaton was once a Senior Lecturer in German reviews on the college of Sydney and his booklet is released by way of Oxford collage Press. Why the collage of Sydney may be the middle of English language examine in German synonyms is a interest, but when no longer Sydney, Australia, the place should still they be studied?
Beaton recognizes Farrell's pioneering paintings within the box yet sincerely believes it was once already outdated by means of the Sixties. for those who can basically manage to pay for one ebook, i guess i might suggest the costlier Beaton, yet regardless of the similarities I nonetheless locate Farrell's older paintings extra readable. If not anything else, Farrell's ebook is much less unwieldy and more uncomplicated to learn for pleasure.
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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.