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    So Brits and Shermans are different species now? That explains a lot.

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    I wonder how many new words have appeared in AE. Why do Americans say "sidewalk" instead of "pavement"?

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    I wonder how many new words have appeared in AE. Why do Americans say "sidewalk" instead of "pavement"?
    The real question is why the Brits call sidewalks "pavement".

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    The real question is why the Brits call sidewalks "pavement".
    And why they call the drug-store "chemist's". How many such words have been renamed?

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    And why they call the drug-store "chemist's". How many such words have been renamed?
    There are many of those "pairs".

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    There are many of those "pairs".
    Do they teach in American schools that those words have pairs in BrE or not?. While teaching I always tell my students about these pairs and they try to learn them very well.

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    Do they teach in American schools that those words have pairs in BrE or not?. While teaching I always tell my students about these pairs and they try to learn them very well.
    I don't think so, but it's been decades since I have been inside a classroom as a student.

    (Tdol, what are Shermans?)


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    It's Cockney Rhyming Slang- Sherman tank = yank.

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    I don't think so, but it's been decades since I have been inside a classroom as a student.

    (Tdol, what are Shermans?)

    It's similar to "bloody twits" being Brits.

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    It's a complete surprise to the rest of the world that the Americans write the date in the format "month/day/year" instead of "day/month/year" like everyone else. So "9/11" is in fact September the eleventh, and not the ninth of november. Even more ludicrous is the practice of writing the time as "minute:hour:second", this causes enormous problems if you work in an organisation which must function multinationally. So much confusion is caused by the crackpot American date and time formats.

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