Many ‘American’ phrases are actually British but a new book argues why we say what we say reveals a lot about our cultures

To those dedicated warriors hunched over their keyboards or gripping tightly to their pens, ready to fire off an angry salvo about the Americanization of British English to their favorite newspaper, television channel or book publisher, linguist Lynne Murphy has a solemn warning: check a good dictionary first.

Or consider her new book, The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English, which assaults the British obsession of attacking US English with cold, hard facts.

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