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- proper n. The form of the English language that is chiefly used in the United States, contrasted with British English and that of other places.
- proper n. The form of the English language that is chiefly used in North America, contrasted with British English and that of other places.
- adj. Of or relating to, or spoken or written in American English.
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- n. the English language as used in the United States
All educated speakers of American English need to understand what is meant when someone describes a contest as being between David and Goliath, or whether a person who has the wisdom of Solomon is wise or foolish, or whether saying My cup runneth over means the person feels fortunate or unfortunate.
Language - the idioms, cadences and signature jargon of spoken American English - is central to Mr. Ashley's idiosyncratic conception.