I am quite sure that I am not really qualified to answer that question with any assurance that my answer is accurate, but I can tell you what I know.American English is full of localised expressions or informal words . Are the following phrases being widely used in America ? ( in all states )
The five and dime as a phrase has been around since Woolworth's got started. It is several decades old. However, the phrase is probably outmoded, since you can't buy much for a dime anymore. :(* " Five and Dime " , " Policy Shop " , " The never-never system "
The word hospital could hardly replace medical centre, since hospital is quite a bit older than medical center (AE). (Presumably, a medical center is bigger and more comprehensive than a hospital, but that is not necessarily the case.)" hospital " instead of medical centre
1. ability -- uh-bill-(short i as in bit)-teeAnother question about the standard American pronunciation :
How do I pronounce " ability " , "address" , "success " and " calculator "
2. address -- uh-dress OR ADD-dress
3. success -- suck-SESS
4. calculator -- CAL (as in pal) -kew- lay-tore
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