Old joke: England and America are two nations divided by a common language. Anyone whos been to both places can vouch for the truth of that guidebook staple. Purists on both sides of the pond lament the dialectical divide. Others rejoice in endless verbal treasures.
Have you encountered alien Englishstartlingly unfamiliar words used by Americans, Australians, Britons, Canadians, New Zealanders, or other English speakers?
Whats the weirdest, most wonderful English word youve ever heard? Where?
ESSAY: Writer Peter Winkler recounts the linguistic hazards of being an American in England.
FORUM: Readers share examples of English encounters.
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