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By Christopher Davies

In Divided by means of a typical Language, Christopher Davies explains those expressions and discusses the numerous alterations in pronunciation, spelling, and vocabulary among British and American English. He compares the customs, manners, and functional information of way of life within the uk and the USA, and American readers will get pleasure from his account of yankee tradition as noticeable via an Englishman’s eyes.

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Playing field is also called a pitch. Tennis terms are quite different in Britain. One calls rough or smooth to determine the server rather than up or down. The toss is frequently called the throw up in Britain. The call is van in rather than ad in after deuce, and before play one has a knock-up instead of a warm-up. If the ball falls in the alley it is said to have fallen in the tramlines in Britain. The terms fifteen up, meaning fifteen apiece, and all tied up, meaning the players are tied, are only used in the US.

Mail that has the postage imprinted on it by machine is known as franked mail. In the US this is called metered mail. If a record of the receipt of the letter is required, one asks for recorded delivery. A money order is known as a postal order in the UK. Books of stamps may be purchased at petrol stations or newsagents, as well as post offices. The US Postal Service The American letter carrier, also known as the mailman or mail carrier, wears a blue uniform, which in the summer may consist of a short-sleeve shirt, short trousers, and knee socks.

The toss is frequently called the throw up in Britain. The call is van in rather than ad in after deuce, and before play one has a knock-up instead of a warm-up. If the ball falls in the alley it is said to have fallen in the tramlines in Britain. The terms fifteen up, meaning fifteen apiece, and all tied up, meaning the players are tied, are only used in the US. In American English, Australian doubles or Canadian doubles is a tennis game for three players. Cricket is the big summer game in Britain.

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