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  • proper noun linguistics Abbreviation of British English.


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  • As an American who now does a lot of his reading with the BBC (working at the Council will do that!), I’ve had the impressionistic feeling that this is more common in BrE than AmE.

    Q is for Quote marks « An A-Z of ELT 2010

  • Beliefs, values and theory aside, I think there may be a BrE and AmE difference relating to scale with the word ‘curriculum’.

    C is for Curriculum « An A-Z of ELT 2010

  • He may have judged that a German of that age who would have learnt BrE would succeed in an approximation to AmE pronunciation but not its variant preferences with respect to individual lexical items.

    1880s English | Linguism | Language Blog 2010

  • In BrE it has this use, but is also used to mean 'thank you', 'goodbye' or 'thanks and goodbye'.

    Archive 2008-07-01 2008

  • If the usage may not be recognised in the UK, certainly no chance I should ever encounter it in any form in Armenia, where BrE is what is taught and learned.

    On being a tragic DC 2009

  • For some reason I had a notion that stress was disregarded in all cases in BrE, but obviously words like "targetted" fall a little less than easily on the eye.

    David & Dan confirm what we already know 2009

  • This means that American 'my grain' pronunciation is a known variant in BrE.

    separated by a common language 2010

  • One could point out many Americanisms that have found very comfy homes in BrE, and which no one complains about.

    separated by a common language 2010

  • And this is why there usually are ten times as many candidates for AmE-to-BrE Word of the Year as BrE-to-AmE candidates.

    separated by a common language 2010

  • She looked out of the window [BrE]/She looked out the window.

    Kottu 2010


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