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    Do most Brits still speak this way?

    I have just learned a new verb. Here is a sentence written by (presumably) a female British journalist:

    "I rooted in my bag for something that could pass as a birthday present for a 6-year-old."

    I assume that an American would have written "searched."

    Is "rooted" in that sense still widely used in the United Kingdom?


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    Re: Do most Brits still speak this way?

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    I've read that word in several places before, though I can't say for sure if I've ever heard someone say it.

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    Re: Do most Brits still speak this way?

    It's common enough in informal English. It has the idea of searching for some time, and is often followed by 'around'.

    A better title for the thread would have been 'rooted' = 'searched' in BrE?

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    Re: Do most Brits still speak this way?

    It sounds natural to me, though more so with around/about.

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