(Part 3 of an occasional series on the lesser-known differences between the States and England.)
Hanging “do” at the end of a sentence. It exists in a few colloquial forms in the States, as in “No can do”, but it is much more common in England.
US: “Can you take care of this?” “I can.”
“Can he take care of this?” “He might.”
England: “Can you take care of this?” “Can do.” “Can he take care of this?” “He might do.”
Then there is this very strange phrase with a hanging “do” that describes an event: “Leaving do.” As in “Are you going to Andrew’s leaving do?” In the states, this is more expressively known as a “going away party”.