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  • In 1882, Oscar Wilde wrote about Great Britain: "We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language."

    That still rings true today.

    So if you're one of the estimated 250,000 Americans going to the Olympics Games in London this summer, you might want to pack a dictionary.

    For English-to-English translations.

    For example, "The lorry driver taking kit to the football pitch was so knackered he pulled into the lay-by near the petrol station for a quick kip," means this in the United States, according to the Associated Press:

    The truck driver delivering uniforms to the soccer field was so tired he pulled into the rest area near the gas station for a nap.


    The differences are endless, from pronunciation and punctuation to spelling and slang. So here is a beginners guide to the differences between British English and American English.

    The Olympic rings are in front of London Bridge, lit behind in red, and the skyscraper The Shard at left.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    When watching sports (that would be sport in England, singular not plural):

    • Track and field is called "athletics."
    • At
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  • NBC fires producer over edited Zimmerman 911 call

    A producer for NBC News has been fired for editing a recording of George Zimmerman's call to police the night he fatally shot Trayvon Martin.

    The New York Times is reporting that "the person was fired on Thursday, according to two people with direct knowledge of the disciplinary action who declined to be identified discussing internal company matters."

    The dismissal of the Miami-based producer, whose name has not been publicized, followed an internal investigation by NBC, which led to the network apologizing earlier this week for having aired the deceptive audio.

    This photo combo shows George Zimmerman. At left is a 2005 booking photo provided by the Orange County Jail via The Miami Herald, and at right is an undated but recent photo of Zimmerman taken from the Orlando Sentinel's website showing Zimmerman, according to the paper. (AP Photo)

    The recording aired on NBC's "Today" show on March 27, when the audio viewers heard suggested that Zimmerman volunteered to police, without provocation, that Martin was black: "This guy looks like he's up to no good. He looks black."

    But the tape had been edited, and the portion where the 911 dispatcher specifically asks Zimmerman if the person in question was "black, white or Hispanic," was deleted.

    The conversation that

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  • There is speculation (though no confirmation) that the hospitalization of Rick Santorum's three-year-old daughter, Isabella, is related to Trisomy 18, the rare genetic condition she suffers from.

    News of Bella's sudden hospitalization sent off a massive number of searches for Trisomy 18. Over the course of just one hour, Yahoo! searches for "trisomy 18" surged 1,022%. Related lookups for "trisomy 18 syndrome" spiked 375%.

    According to experts, Trisomy 18 is often fatal. According to an organization dedicated to raising awareness, the disorder occurs about 1 in every 3,000 live births. The condition's name refers to when a baby has three number 18 chromosomes.

    [Related: Rick Santorum campaign profile]

    Babies who have Trisomy 18 suffer from many trying conditions. There are kidney problems, heart defects, developmental delays, and issues with the intestinal tract and esophagus.

    Trisomy 18 can be screened for and diagnosed for during pregnancy. According to the California Department of

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