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Bum bags and fanny packs : a British-American, American-British dictionary /
Jeremy Smith.
1st Carroll & Graf ed.
New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006.
xi, 308 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.
0786717025 (pbk.), 9780786717026 (pbk.)
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New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006.
0786717025 (pbk.)
9780786717026 (pbk.)
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Previously The American-British British-American dictionary: for English speaking people copyright 1991, 2005 by CodeSmith.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 302-307).
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-04-01:
This is an interesting, useful book. Unfortunately, much of the content is rendered inaccessible by the limitations of cataloging practices. For example, several useful appendixes offer information such as telephone area codes, bank holidays, state slogans, population figures, and maps of counties in England; however, this information is not evident in the subject entries assigned. The primary purpose of the dictionary, which is in two parts (British to American, and American to British), is to identify ideas and objects for which different words are used on either side of the Atlantic. For instance, "elevator" and "lift" both identify the same mechanism. The book title illustrates another example. Many of the references are to slang terms, such as "shaft" (when used to mean to cheat or treat unfairly) or "miking" (British for "shirking"). One imagines this book would be most useful to those reading contemporary literature from the opposite side of the Atlantic. In addition to the dictionary entries, Smith (a computer professional) offers short essays on dialects, pronunciation differences, and spelling differences, and a very brief history of the English language. The author is a Briton who has lived in the US for quite some time. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. M. M. Bohn formerly, University of Nebraska at Omaha
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This book is the first place to turn when you encounter a Britishism or Americanism. The dictionary illuminates differences in vocabulary, usage, pronunciation, spelling, and the history of English, how and why differences arose, and what those differences are. More then 2,500 entries are listed on each side with a set of tables that includes national holidays, presidents, kings and queens, and money. The dictionary is an easy-to-read, light-hearted, and sometimes irreverent catalogue of the difference between American and British English. With a tone that is deliberately informal, much of the intrinsic humor shines through, but never at the cost of accuracy or detail.

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