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BBC English

Formal, proper English, as would be spoken on the BBC (the British Broadcasting Corporation). Just so you know, the professor talks in that BBC English, so you might have a hard time understanding him. And he might not get your slang either.
See also: English

be in plain English

To be in clear, straightforward, and uncomplicated English. A:" Chronic atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries has stopped oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart, leading to a myocardial infarction." B: "Doctor, come on, I need that to be in plain English." I wish these software agreements would be in plain English, rather than this legalese gobbledygook.
See also: English, plain

body English

An often involuntary or unconscious movement of the body to try and manipulate or influence the course of an object that is already in motion. I always find bowlers' body English humorous, as they contort their bodies to try to will the ball toward the pins.
See also: body, English

full English

Short for "full English breakfast," a traditional breakfast meal in England typically consisting of fried eggs, tomato, mushrooms, bacon, sausage, and fried bread or hash browns. Primarily heard in UK. After a long night out at the pubs, there's nothing like a full English the next morning to get you back into shape.
See also: English, full

in plain English

In clear, straightforward, and uncomplicated English. Chronic atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries has stopped oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart, leading to a myocardial infarction. In plain English, you've suffered a heart attack. I wish these software agreements would be written in plain English, rather than this legalese gobbledygook.
See also: English, plain

in plain language

In clear, straightforward, and uncomplicated English. Chronic atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries has stopped oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart, leading to a myocardial infarction. In plain language, you've suffered a heart attack. I wish these software agreements would be written in plain language, rather than this legalese gobbledygook.
See also: language, plain

in simple English

In clear, straightforward, and uncomplicated English terminology. Chronic atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries has stopped oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart, leading to a myocardial infarction. In simple English, you've suffered a heart attack. I wish these software agreements would be written in simple English, rather than this legalese gobbledygook.
See also: English, simple

put (something) into plain English

To express something in clear, straightforward, and uncomplicated English. A:" Chronic atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries has stopped oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart, leading to a myocardial infarction." B: "Doctor, I need you to put all that into plain English." I wish these software developers would put their agreements into plain English, rather than this legalese gobbledygook.
See also: English, plain, put

put some English on it

To strike or throw a ball in a manner that causes it to spin. You'll never get the ball into the pocket that way! Put some English on it!
See also: English, on, put

put some reverse English on it

1. To strike or throw a ball with a spin that will keep it from moving in particular direction. You'll never get the ball into the pocket that way! Put some reverse English on it!
2. To speak in a manner, often related to syntax, that confuses the listener. No wonder he got so confused, with you putting some reverse English on it like that.
See also: English, on, put, reverse

say (something) in plain English

To say something in clear, straightforward, and uncomplicated English. A: "Chronic atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries has stopped oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart, leading to a myocardial infarction." B: "Doctor, I need you to say all that in plain English."
See also: English, plain, say

simple English

Clear, straightforward, and uncomplicated English terminology. Chronic atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries has stopped oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart, leading to a myocardial infarction. In simple English, you've suffered a heart attack. I wish these software agreements would be written in simple English, rather than this legalese gobbledygook.
See also: English, simple

the King's English

The standard form of English, as spoken by educated people in England. (When the ruling monarch in the United Kingdom is a queen, it is called "the Queen's English.") We're friends now, so quit being so formal and speaking the King's English. As a professor, you really should speak the King's English.
See also: English

the Queen's English

The standard, "correct" form of English, as spoken by educated people in Britain. (When the ruling monarch in the United Kingdom is a king, it is called "the King's English.") We're friends now, so quit being so formal and speaking the Queen's English. As a professor, you really should speak the Queen's English.
See also: English

write (something) in plain English

To write something in clear, straightforward, and uncomplicated English. I wish these software developers would write their agreements in plain English, rather than this legalese gobbledygook.
See also: English, plain, write

*in plain language

 and *in plain English
Fig. in simple, clear, and straightforward language. (*Typically: be ~; put something [into] ~; say something ~; write something ~.) That's too confusing. Please say it again in plain English. Tell me again in plain language.
See also: language, plain

(The) Queen's English

"Official" British English. He can't even speak The Queen's English! Despicable!
See also: English

body English

Movements of the body that express a person's feelings, as in His body English tells us just how tired he is. This expression originated about 1900 in such sports as bowling and ice hockey, where a player tries to influence the path of a ball or puck by moving his body in a particular direction. (It was based on the earlier use of English to mean "spin imparted to a ball.")
See also: body, English

in plain English

In clear, straightforward language, as in The doctor's diagnosis was too technical; please tell us what he meant in plain English. [c. 1500] Also see in so many words.
See also: English, plain

the ˌKing’s/ˌQueen’s ˈEnglish

(old-fashioned or humorous) (in Britain) correct standard English: I can’t understand a word you’re saying. Can’t you speak the Queen’s English?
See also: English

in plain ˈEnglish

simply and clearly expressed, without using technical language: I don’t understand these documents at all. Why can’t they write them in plain English?
See also: English, plain
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"Catching up with Europe: Speakers and Functions of English in Hungary," World Englishes 19.
"Symposium: Profiles of Eight Lesser Known World Englishes".
"World Englishes and Issues of Intelligibility." The Handbook of World Englishes.
(1.) This theory of world Englishes has been developed over 40 decades through the work of the linguist Braj B.
Englishes--what we've called "Good Englishes"--in their respective nations and discourse communities, will continue to be used with subtlety and variety for a broad array of humankind's purposes.
We can read published scholarship on TOEFL and ESL, and we can read more of the work of other nations' influential writers, either in the Englishes they use, or in translation if they do not write in English, or in the original languages where we are able.
We are going to see changes in Inner-Circle English coming from all the other Englishes, just as English has absorbed influences from other languages throughout its long history.
Figure 1 Kachru's Model of World Englishes The "Expanding Circle" China 1,088.2 mil Egypt 50.3 mil Indonesia 175.9 mil Israel 4.5 mil Japan 122.6 mil Korea 42.6 mil Nepal 18.0 mil Saudi Arabia 12.9 mil Taiwan 19.8 mil USSR 285.8 mil Zimbabwe 8.9 mil The "Outer Circle" Bangladesh 107.7 mil Ghana 13.7 mil India 810.8 mil Kenya 22.9 mil Malaysia 16.9 mil Nigeria 112.2 mil Pakistan 109.4 mil Philippines 58.7 mil Singapore 2.6 mil Sri Lanka 16.6 mil Tanzania 23.9 mil Zambia 7.3 mil The "Inner Circle" USA 245.8 mil UK 57.0 mil Canada 25.9 mil Australia 16.4 mil New Zealand 3.3 mil Note: Number is population of nation, not number of English speakers (Kachru, 1992, p.
Standards and codification for World Englishes. In Smith, L.