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It’s common knowledge that when someone from the UK talks about football, they mean the game with a spherical ball that is played over 90 minutes, and not the gridiron game involving touchdowns, extensive padding and oval balls (or, for the mathematically inclined, prolate spheroids). When it comes to language, in particular the sporting idioms that have become common in both forms of English, it is clear that there …

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Two nations separated by a common language Although no one is 100% sure who first described the relationship between British and American English in this way (Wilde? Winston Churchill? George Bernard Shaw? None of the aforementioned?), but what everyone can agree on is the fact there are many minor and a number of fairly major differences between BrE and AmE. Considering the different forms of English used within a 50-mile …

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