Chris Blattman

Speak American, but sparingly

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If you use Americanisms just to show you know them, people may find you a tad tiresome, so be discriminating. Many American words and expressions have passed into the language; others have vigour, particularly if used sparingly.

And thus begins The Economist’s style guide to using ‘Americanisms’.

Even though I’m not American, I am overcome with the desire to drawl, “Yeah, well we saved your butts in Dubya Dubya two.”

The full style guide is here.

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