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STANLEY • 21 10. Other usages. Most of the differences we have mentioned are small and easily understandable in context, even if they sound amusing or quaint, as shan't and ought do in the US, or as gotten and in back of do in GB. Many usages, it is true, occur in only one variety of the language and are not generally understood in the other. To visit with, for example, is used in the US meaning to visit, but it has the additional meaning of being with another person virtually, so that it is possible to visit with someone by phone.
As a noun, it means either a tip or a bribe. BUNK, v (col) - a hurried departure, usually under suspicious circumstances, especially in the phrase DO A BUNK. Next thing I knew, the whole family had done a bunk. BUPA, n (abbr) - the British United Provident Association, Britain's largest private health insurance company. , against which the writing surface can be closed when not in use. US bureau = GB chest of drawers. STANLEY • 31 A TO ZED: A GB / US LEXIS CARVE-UP BURN BURN, n - in card games, to throw away or exchange a useless card.
Dame Elizabeth. 2. the role of a comic old woman in a pantomime, usually played by a man. DAMN-ALL, n (col) - absolutely nothing. See ALL. DAMPCOURSE, n - a horizontal layer of impervious material in a brick wall, close to the ground, to protect against moisture rising. DARBIES, pi n (col, old) - handcuffs. 38 STANLEY DARBY AND JOAN, n - an ideal elderly married couple, archetypal of domestic harmony and contentment. A DARBY AND JOAN CLUB is one for elderly people. The original couple existed in an 18th-century English ballad.
A to Zed, A to Zee : a guide to the differences between british and american english by Glenn Darragh