The use of “keep” to mean “put away” (possibly dialectal or novel usage)

In Welsh, cadw, the verb corresponding to the English verb keep can be used to mean put away or store (something) in its appropriate place. Welsh-speakers will sometimes be teased for transferring this usage into their English, for example: keep the dishes will you? I’ve kept the laundry and now I’m ready to leave. However, … Read more

Clued-in or clued-up (on something)

Here’s what Merriam Webster has to say about clued-up: “British, informal: having a lot of information about the latest developments: He’s totally clued up on/about the latest computer developments “ Longman , and Oxford also list clued-up as specifically British and say “clued-in” is the American version. Is this right? Isn’t there any difference between … Read more

AmEng equivalent for BrEng “circus”

Is there a word in American English that comes anywhere close to what British English circus encapsulates, that is, Chiefly British An open circular place where several streets intersect. (AHDEL) Brit. An open place, usually circular, in a town, where several streets converge. (Collins English Dictiinary) Brit. an open circle or plaza where several streets … Read more

AmEng equivalent for BrEng “decorator”

Oxford Dictionaries Online defines [interior] decorator as follows: 1.1 chiefly North American A person whose job is to design the interior of someone’s home, by choosing colors, carpets, materials, and furnishings. 1.2 chiefly British A person whose job is to decorate the interior of buildings by painting the walls and hanging wallpaper: she became a … Read more

Does the term “mass hero” exist in Western Countries?

“Mass Hero” is a popular term in India, especially down south, which implies an actor who has the versatility to sing, dance, romance, fight, laugh, cry, make the audience laugh and cry, apart from great acting skills. And because of this “mass” appeal, they are idolised by hordes of fans and loved by the media. … Read more