U.K. vs. U.S. Writing Style and Word Usage

Author Don Massenzio

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This is another post based on the book, Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve, by Ben Blatt, a book that looks at writing in a way that appeals to numbers geeks like myself as it looks for patterns and quantification of the books that we read and write.

This post looks at writing differences, real and perceived, between writing in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Blatt takes an interesting look at this and I thought I would share some highlights.

hpFirst, let’s look at the perception of these differences through the writing of fan fiction based on a popular series from the U.K. Blatt does this by looking at three stereotypical British words and their usage in fan fiction based on the Harry Potter series generated in the U.S. and U.K.

The three words are bloke, blimey and brilliant. The results of his analysis are interesting. He compares…

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Hello my name is Henrietta Watson. I am a mother of a 29 year old daughter and a 22 year old son. I also have a 4 year old granddaughter and a 2 year old granddaughter.I am a Security Officer. I also write short stories, blogs and poems. I like cooking,grilling,fishing,skating,playing billiards,going out to eat and going to see movies.

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