What's the different between "kind of" and "sort of" in American informal English?

  • The difference is that in AmE Jack Nicholson in The Missouri Breaks can pun that he has a sawed-off shotgun because he's a sort of sportsman. Which doesn't work in BrE because we have sawn-off shotguns. Otherwise, they're sort of interchangeable. Commented Nov 22, 2015 at 15:04
  • They're kinda sorta the same.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Nov 22, 2015 at 15:29

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In this case, no difference. They are equivalent.

  • This is not an answer to the question.
    – user140086
    Commented Nov 22, 2015 at 15:41
  • seems like the person who posed said question disagrees...
    – tony gil
    Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 18:18

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