Being from and island nation (the UK), the term 'abroad' means going to another country but as all other countries are always overseas (to us Brits), does that mean you have to go overseas in order to go 'abroad', or does it just mean to go from one country to another regardless of whether a sea crossing is involved or not?
For example, Norther Ireland, which is part of the UK, wouldn't ordinarily be considered as going abroad, as it's part of the same country, even though you have to go overseas to get there. However, we would consider the Republic of Ireland itself as being abroad.
In contrast, Gibraltar, which is also part of the UK, (or at least an overseas territory) is generally classes as abroad, because it involves going overseas. Even If you fly there direct, so no other countries have to technically be involved.
It's a difficult question to ask non-English speaking people as they would have different words for it anyway.
So I'm specifically asking any American / Canadian posters here. When travelling from Canada to the US or vice versa, would you say you are 'going abroad'?
Is 'abroad' specifically a British term?
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Definition of abroad
1 : beyond the boundaries of one's country : in or to a foreign country
hopes to study abroad next year
both at home and abroad
a family that came here from abroad [=from a foreign country] several years ago
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Maybe one of those words like "boffins" - it seems to be used almost exclusively by those from British Commonwealth countries.
It is still used in Oz and Kiwiland, but less so nowadays.
I always thought it was a bit of an English artefact.
and possibly for those a bit "posh", or trying to be
- but that may stem from the fact that in "the olden days" the wealthy were the ones that most often travelled OS.
Abroad includes places overseas, but is not limited to.
Possibly a little further than out and about...
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When I lived in NZ I never heard the term 'abroad '. When people spoke about lands beyond our shores it was always 'overseas '.
Of course most visitors to Guam are Japanese and some Koreans, so it’s definitely going abroad to Guam.
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