US Election 2020: Do you need a TikTok hype house to win the White House?
US Elections 2020 and American English
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UNDERSTANDING US ELECTIONS 2020
Do you need a TikTok hype house to win the White House?
Do you know what a TikTok hype house is? What are they and what do they have to do with the 2020 US presidential election?
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UNDERSTANDING US ELECTIONS VOCABULARY
V - Voter Turnout
AMERICAN ENGLISH AND BRITISH ENGLISH VOCABULARY DIFFERENCES
Pants Vs Trousers
In American English if you wanted to talk about someone's trousers (British English) - the things you wear to cover your legs - you could compliment them on their pants. But, in British English, if you said that you liked someone's pants you would be saying that you like their underwear (underpants, knickers, y-fronts, boxers etc.).
To talk about clothing that covers a person's legs, you say <........> in American English and <.......> in British English.
Did you know?
Pants comes from the French word 'pantaloon' - a type of tight-fitting garment that was briefly at the height of French fashion.
In British English slang you can say something is pants if you think it is poor quality.
To talk about clothing that covers a person's legs you would say pants in American English and trousers in British English.
AMERICAN ENGLISH AND BRITISH ENGLISH SPELLING DIFFERENCES
'our' and 'or' words
Words which end in 'our' in British English usually end with an 'or' in American English. But beware, there are some exepctions.
'er' and 're' words
Words which end in 're' in British English usually end with an 'er' in American English.
PHRASES FROM THE US ELECTIONS 2020
Joe Biden Said
On the first televised debate, Joe Biden said 'Will you shut up, man?'
Donald Trump Said
On the first televised election debate, Donald Trump said: 'Proud Boys - stand back and stand by'