for questions specifically related to the English language as spoken and written in the United Kingdom.

British English is the broad term used principally by Americans to distinguish the forms of the English language used in the United Kingdom from forms used elsewhere.
The Oxford English Dictionary applies the term to English "as spoken or written in the British Isles; esp[ecially] the forms of English usual in Great Britain," reserving "Hiberno-English" for the "English language as spoken and written in Ireland." Others, such as the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary, define it as the "English language as it spoken and written in England." The European Union uses British English as its standard variety of English.

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