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Insurance/assurance??

Posted by ESC on August 31, 2000

I need help (please) ASAP with an article I'm writing. Do the British still use the word "assurance" to refer to what we in the U.S. call "insurance." According to Stuart Berg Flexner (writing in 1976): "The word insurance dates back to 1649 in America (the British prefer the term assurance)." I need to know if this is still the case.