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John Thaw


Writing at Johnson, Robert Lane Greene mentions a BBC article on Americanisms infiltrating British usage. This is familiar reader bait. Nothing in Britain gets those empurpled wattles jiggling more reliably than alarums about Americanisms. Though it's usually done in something a little more downmarket than the Beeb. Often, examination of the complaints will demonstrate that the despised expression (gotten rather than got used to be a favorite) is actually a British usage older than Gammer Gurton's grandam.  Meanwhile, Ben Yagoda has been patiently cataloging British expressions that have slyly crossed the Atlantic to embed themselves in good American...