One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A word or phrase that is peculiar to British English.‘this new autobiography is studded with Anglicisms like lorries, plimsolls, and doing a bunk’
- ‘First up, we have a rather useful compendium of Anglicisms from effingpot.com.’
- ‘Anyway, I bet they all feel the same way about our own impenetrable Anglicisms.’
- ‘Americans may sometimes find the prose a bit daunting, the occasional Anglicism, misplaced modifier, and passive voice requiring a thorough rereading.’
- 1.1 The quality of being typically English or of favoring English things.
2A word or phrase borrowed from English into a foreign language.‘the French have an irritating Anglicism: un toast’
- ‘However, native coinages expressing resistance to Anglicisms include baladeur Walkman, cadreur cameraman, logiciel software, ordinateur computer, and rentrée comeback.’
- ‘What with all my pop-culture Anglicisms, I don't always do a terribly good job at nurturing an overseas readership, so it's good to form bridges across the water.’
- ‘One of the many engaging peculiarities of the French is their conviction that their language - if they could only keep it pure of Anglicisms - is one of singular beauty and nobility.’
- ‘Nowadays, of course, we do not refer to a toast but always a piece of toast, but the French have as an irritating Anglicism un toast.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin Anglicus, from Angli (see Angle) + -ism.
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