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By Marv Rubinstein

A compendium of yank proverbs, expressions, slang, colloquialisms; British-US word list; abbreviations and acronyms and different a number of odds and ends. everyday by means of non-native audio system and translators.

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However, on first encounter with this usage, one would be equally justified in thinking that the term means to sit in at the meeting. To needle someone means to tease or taunt that person but could easily be interpreted as jabbing someone with a needle. As described in a subsequent chapter on the differences between the American Language and British English, the expression to table a motion provides a perfect example of the possible confusion that “verbing” can create. In the United States Congress, to table a motion is to lay it aside for possible future consideration, in effect, to kill it.

One might well ask, “Don’t other languages also derive from and use foreign words and phrases? ” After all, Spanish and other Romance languages were derived from Latin. Just about every week, Japan borrows American words and changes their spelling and pronunciation, and— voilà! —they become Japanese words. S. The author’s favorite is habackax hakidmi (the back axle in the front) for the front axle of an automobile. g. les bluejeans and le snacquebarre. So how does the American Language differ from these?

A good number of the proverbs have equivalents in a foreign language. ,” and identified by Ar, Ch, Fr, Ge, He, It, Ja, Ko, La, No, Ru, Sp, and Yi, which stand for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, and Yiddish, respectively. Where the foreign proverb is in a language which uses or is easily transliterated into Roman letters, the proverb is given in italics in the original language, followed by a literal translation into American English surrounded by { } (braces).

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