english vs british : Common Errors in English

About english vs british

Americans tend to use the terms “British” and “English” interchangeably, but Great Britain is made up of England plus Scotland and Wales. If you are referring to this larger entity, the word you want is “British.” Britons not from England resent being referred to as “English.”

english Meaning(s)

  • (n) an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch; the official language of Britain and the United States and most of the commonwealth countries
  • (n) the people of England
  • (n) the discipline that studies the English language and literature
  • (n) (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist
  • (a) of or relating to or characteristic of England or its culture or people
  • (a) of or relating to the English language

british Meaning(s)

  • (n) the people of Great Britain
  • (a) of or relating to or characteristic of Great Britain or its people or culture

english in News

  1. English, Spanish immigration forums planned

    RACINE — The Racine Interfaith Coalition will hold two immigration forums — one in English and one in Spanish.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Journal Times

  2. English teacher assignment to class: Write suicide notes

    Part of English class has always been to write papers but Jessica Barrish may have gone a bit too far.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: FOX 11 Reno

  3. Student English Learners Showing Improvements

    English learners in the Santa Barbara school district have shown improvements this year.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Santa Barbara Independent

british in News

  1. British Pound Poised to Break 200-Day Moving Average

    British Pound Poised to Break 200-Day Moving Average
    on June 13, 2013 Source: DailyFX via Yahoo! Finance

  2. British singer George Michael writing new album

    By Constance Watson LONDON (Reuters) - British singer George Michael is writing a new album while he recovers from head injuries sustained during a car accident last month, his spokeswoman said on Thursday. The 49-year-old former Wham! frontman has been recuperating at home after nearly two weeks in hospital. British media reported that Michael fell out of a car at speed on a busy motorway ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. British Tabloid Apologizes to Aliens for Linking Them to Scientology

    The Church of Scientology forced the British tabloid The Sun to apologize for reporting that UFOs were seen flying over the church's British headquarters — but The Sun apologized to the aliens. It is one of the best newspaper apologies ever. The Sun says it's sorry for the weekend report "Flying saucers over British Scientology HQ" — flat silver discs were seen hovering by three airplane pilots ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

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