One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An idiom used in Britain but not in other English-speaking countries.‘‘Toy boy’ is a Briticism for a ‘gigolo.’’
- ‘Scholars of English in the US are as inclined to point out Briticisms as their colleagues in the UK are to point out Americanisms.’
- ‘Specialism must be a Britishism, I told myself.’
- ‘I got a new camera - a proper camera as the English would say (that's my favorite Briticism: proper).’
- ‘A reader who knows put me right: ‘one-off is a Britishism that means single or one-time.’’
- ‘She's reading an Ian McEwan book for school, and I have to help her with its Britishisms.’
- ‘Accordingly, I made a conscious effort to avoid overdoing the unfamiliar Briticisms and obscure pop-cultural references, providing explanations and links whenever they were needed.’
- ‘Co-workers of state employee Alice Meredith say that since a one-week trip to England last month, her use of Britishisms has become an annoyance.’
- ‘The simulation is perfectly fluent; the program even writes in Britishisms: maths, programme, telly, labour.’
- ‘More open to interpretation is ‘off one's own bat ’, which certainly originates from cricket, but is not always marked as a Briticism in American dictionaries.’
- ‘And while you're about it, give a thought to other delightful Britishisms that have roots in Indian words: mulligatawny soup, Old Blighty, tickety-boo, going doolally…’
- ‘He comes from a party, he says, ‘that lost four elections on the trot’ (a wonderful Britishism for ‘in a row’).’
- ‘This article chronicles some of these differences, although some of the proclaimed Briticisms here don't seem so British to me at all.’
Mid 19th century: from British, on the pattern of words such as Gallicism.
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