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The way words are pronounced in America differs quite substantially from the Commonwealth. This goes to accents, of course, which differ vastly even WITHIN America AND within individual Commonwealth countries. Some states in the USA use more of a British pronunciation (New England) while other states use a more American middle-ground pronunciation (West Coast) and at the same time other states use a barely understandable off-shoot of the American language (the South)! In London alone there are many different accents, never mind other Commonwealth countries. Even a small country like South Africa has several different accents. However, there are Commonwealthers. The Rounded A People in the Commonwealth pronounce many of their A's in a rounded way. That is, their mouths have a rounded shape. American's pronounce some a's this way, such as "park" and "car", but most a's have a flatter sound, like the a in "hat". Example: the "a" in the word "ask" is pronounced like the a in "hat" in America but in the Commonwealth the "a" in "ask" is pronounced more like the "a" in "car" or "park". The same with "plaza", "task", "mask", "answer", "afternoon" and many others. T's versus D's Commonwealthers pronounce their t's with precision. Americans tend to either drop their t's completely, or replace them with a d. Here are some examples: some common threads that definitely distinguish Americans from
Mountain Daughter Letter Norton
Moun'in Dawder ledder Nor'in
American do not pronounce the "g" in many words ending "ing". Examples"
Running Walking Riding Driving
Runnin' Walkin' Ridin' Drivin'
U's in America are pronounced like a double o, while in the Commonwealth they are pronounced like a "ew". Here are some examples:
Word Stupid Student
USA Stoopid Stoodent
Commonwealth Stewpid Stewdent
Many people from Britain drop their r's at the end of words ending-ter, while ALSO dropping the t. While Americans will fully pronounce the r (some might drop the t, though). Word Sound like:
This is also prevalent in many New Britain states (especially Massachusetts). Americans tend to place the emphasis in most words on the first syllable. in America: "I would think that he would like that". they may say. "Italy are playing well tonight." Adding a "R" Some Commonwealthers add -r to words ending in an A. USA CON-troversy A-dddress IS-sue Adding an "s" Commonwealth Con-TROV-ersy A-DDRESS Is-SUE In the word "forward". Would Commonwealthers use the word "should" where American's use the word "would".Meter The i mee-ah Certain words or prefixes that have an an "i" in them are pronounced differently. As in: "Move that car forwards a little". "I should think that he will like that." vs. this is believed to originate from the War of Independence when Americans began changing things in order to be different from the British . although part of the British Commonwealth. Difference between plurals and singulars When speaking about a group or a team. Commonwealthers add an "s" on the end. some words are spelled the American way and some the English way. Canada. Should vs. more often it is on the second syllable. Like the British would pronounce America like 'Americar' or Cuba like 'Cubar'.G. Word USA Commonwealth AntiVitamin The Others An-TYE Vye-tamin An-TEE vuht-amin Then there are words that are pronounced differently for no real discernable reason! Word Schedule Lever Pedophile Route Aluminum Mazda Nissan Leisure Emphasis USA Sked-jule leh-ver peh-dofile R-ow-t A-loo-minum M-ahz-da Neeson Lee-sure Commonwealth Shed-jill lee-ver pee-diofile Root Alu-mee-nium M-ehz-da Niss-eh-n Leh-sure Where the emphasis in words is placed varies between Americans and Commonwealthers as well. The way words are spelled in America differs substantially from the Commonwealth. "Italy is playing well tonight." Americans would say. The OUR versus OR difference . This can make the word sound VERY differently. has been influenced by its American neighbor and has a kind of a pick and choose attitude with spelling.this is also why Americans eat differently with a knife and fork. In the Commonwealth. E. In the Commonwealth.
g. the word further is used. only the word further is used in all instances. Americans being what they are make exceptions to this rule: "-ise" in the Commonwealth is replaced with "-ize" in the USA. In the Commonwealth. The AE vs. "farther" difference Traveling Traveled Targeting Paneling Reveling Americans use the word farther when describing distance. and Compromise is not spelled Compromize.g. Also "-isation" replaced with "-ization". Same with t. Metre Theatre Centre Meter Theater Center There is a new trend in America now to "misspell" certain of these words in order to give a sense of exclusivity such as "theatre" and "centre". E Certain scientific words are spelled with an "ae" in British English but only an "e" in American English Archaeology Gynaecology Haematology Paediatric Anaesthesia The "no reason at all" differences Archeology Gynecology Hematology Pediatric Anesthesia Then there are many words that are just spelled differently for no discernible reason! . Americans make exceptions to this rule: Advertise is not spelled Advertize. and also compensation (go figure again?) The RE versus ER difference "-re" in the Commonwealth is replaced with "-er" in the USA. e. The double letter versus single letter difference "-ll-" in the Commonwealth is replaced with a single"-l-" in the USA."-our" in the Commonwealth is replaced with just "-or" in the USA. "Let's not drive any farther today". Neighbour Colour Harbour Glamour is not spelled glamor (go figure?) The ISE versus IZE difference Neighbor Color Harbor Of course. neither is Surmise spelled Surmize. "Let's not take this matter any further today". Whereas when describing a process. Realise Emphasise Organisation Revitalisation Realize Emphasize Organization Revitalization Once again. Travelling Travelled Targetting Panelling Revelling The "further" vs. e.
Much the same applies to the word "pissed". On meeting in a hotel lobby for breakfast. my boss repeatedly announced that he was "Soooo .Commonwealth USA Aluminium Analogue Byelaw Kerb Defence Doughnut Draught Grey Gaol Jewellery Judgement Licence (noun. verb is spelled license) Manoeuvre Mould Omelette Pyjamas Programme Sceptic Speciality Tyre Vice (as in the clamp) Aluminum Analog Bylaw Curb Defense Donut (started by Dunkin' Donuts) Draft Gray Jail Jewelry Judgment License (both noun and verb) Maneuver Mold Omelet Pajamas Program Skeptic Specialty Tire Vise Some funny experiences due to the differences between Commonwealth and American culture Getting knocked up There are those phrases that are the same but have totally different meanings resulting in severe misunderstandings. In America this means angry while in the Commonwealth pissed means drunk.. Having way too much to drink. In the USA this means get a girl pregnant while in the UK it means knock on someone's door! Imagine someone from the UK in America at a conference. In the Commonwealth. Take for instance the phrase "knock up".root in Australian means to have sex! And when you get pissed. It would be quite natural for the Englishman to reply: "No. an American asks the Englishman if a fellow female delegate had come down for breakfast yet. while in the USA the same word is slang for a gay man! The word "rubber" means an eraser in the Commonwealth but refers to a condom in the USA. a fag is slang for a cigarette. I recall the occasion when my boss at that time (who was from Britain) and I (then still from South Africa) were in the US on business and were taken out one evening by a junior associate from the local US office. so an English student in an American college would quite naturally lean over to an American student and ask to borrow their rubber! HAH! For Australians. they find it amusing when Americans say they are rooting for them ... in the cab returning to our hotel.. but I did knock her up this morning!" HEHEHE!!! Sexual misunderstandings Another example is the slang word "fag".
. When she met the people she was staying with." And the response to that. From Adam: When I first arrived in the US from Britain I was sitting in a bar with some new American friends. She was whining about it so I told her. A guy who said "I am wearing red suspenders" would get an odd look. Later. "Why. This simply means making fun of someone! Bad directions Then there was the time another boss (a Texan this time) was coming to visit me in San Francisco. having gotten over my fits of laughter. Can I ever forget the morning I was traveling through Mena. my American friend announced at the top of her voice ." From Phil Andrews: Suspenders in the UK are for holding up ladies stockings. This elicited much alarm from our American associate who kept on asking. she stepped in some mud and got her jeans dirty. Embarrassing! From Claire: My friend visited England from Florida and we went to a theme park. so as I was eating. what's wrong"? To which my boss equally misunderstood and responded. We went to a nice restaurant where I think I had a steak and chips. From Sarah: I am British living with my US fiancé and my two British children in America. careful how you use the word. Needless to say. It was funny when messing around one day my US fiancé told my 5yr old daughter he was going to spank her fanny! My daughter and I looked in shock and said: "WHAT?!!" He then quickly explained that a fanny is a bum . I explained to them that they had been talking cross purposes for the entire cab ride! What of course makes this even more complicated is the English saying: "Taking the piss out of someone". After repeating that I wanted a simple hamburger THREE times without success (bringing the the words "blank look" a whole new meaning). a lot! Ever wondered why Wendy's Hamburgers never took off in Britain? Well. so who could blame him? About food Certain remote areas in the USA have never heard an English accent before. We went on the Water Chute ride. my wife finally came to my rescue and "translated" my order into American English! How different really does the word "hamburger" sound between an American and an English accent? Apparently. he was expecting 80 to sound like Eigh-DEE not EighTEE. Well. she said "I apologize.. I threw it to her and while trying to catch it she broke a nail. Being American. When she got off the plane. This bears no resemblance at all to getting drunk. Never in my life had I seen someone eat fries with a knife and fork.pissed". but why are you so pissed?" And so it went on. Of course. recently after I moved to the USA. Arkansas. From Daniel: So I (an American) was playing Frisbee with a British girl. who would want to order "Biggie Fries" when a biggie is what a child calls his poo! Another meaning for Biggie in Britain is of course an erection! . I stopped and asked what she was doing. "Suck it up!" To us this means just deal with the pain and continue.. I ate my fries with a knife and fork that day and for the rest of my stay in Britain. until finally. When we got off. and stopped to order lunch from a convenience store. my pants are dirty. instead of the American way: Eigh-DEE (see my section on Pronunciation).just gets better doesn't it? Contributions from visitors to this website From Nikki Canales: I do have a funny story from a friend of mine who traveled from the US to the UK. On asking for directions from the airport I told him to take highway 80. To them it has a bad sexual meaning. I noticed my date doing this. I pronounced this the English way: Eigh-TEE.we all sighed and giggled." They gave her a funny look. she found out "pants" is actually "trousers" in the UK and they mistakenly thought she was talking about her underpants or "knickers. I agree there's nothing wrong with it. nor even urinating!. "There's nothing wrong with being pissed. nor getting angry. I choked on my drink when I heard one of the girls announce that she had been riding her bicycle too much that day and now her "fanny really hurt"! From Nate: The eating section reminded me of a date I went on in London with an British girl. of course: "Oh. he misunderstood my "eighty" to be "AT" and spent 2 hours totally lost looking for some nonexistent road called Highway AT. rendering British English into what seems to them like a foreign language. and on.
it dawned on me what he wanted. do you have a rubber. I thought the question a little odd. in frustration. that meant what did I think of Warwick castle. and when she got to her boyfriend's house she said the guy was 'totally riding my fanny!' Riding means having sex. I worked as a secretary in London for a summer. (To smoke someone means to kill them with a gun) Anyway we took the next elevator. we were on the dirt and skidding all over the road. He said "What!" and quickly came to me telling me never to say that. until I finally cut in and asked for directions to the W. and the man kept telling us where there were lounges and seating "places we could rest". It was pretty comical when my Dad asked for directions to the "Restrooms" in a London Department store. my jaw dropped a foot. Oh boy! The rest of my stay was a constant fanny/bum bag joke.. but I choked out "Sorry." My Mother and Sister still haven't let me live down that bit of foolishness. Once one of them said he had never driven on the "wrong" side of the road and asked if he could try it.. we weren't standing close. As I handed it to him. Then I ran into a little bit of trouble myself. her loud reply was "Well. Finally. There were two rough looking guys in there already and one was smoking. so I said sorta loudly "I already brought a 'fanny bag'. I think that went on for about five minutes. "Oh. One day I was typing away. I've never seen someone turn so red so fast. but. In Australia they call sandals "thongs". Before I had time to explain that this had nothing to do with the sidewalk and maybe he should slow down. From Katrina: While my family and I (Americans) were vacationing in the UK. We left the store (fanny bagless) and he explained. On our way to the car we got in an elevator. . and a fellow waiting for my boss came up and asked "Excuse me. He asked me "How did you find Warwick Castle". From Mike: I (a Yank) was working in England. Fortunately we came to rest safely and had a great story to share with our coworkers. Imagine my embarrassment when 100 people looked at us in disgust and shoo'd their children away! From Helly: I visited England with my mom (she was born and raised in England) and my cousins took me out shopping. From Misty: In 1972 I moved from Florida to Hong Kong." He gave me a strange look and I continued to give him a strange look. I was in the Provisioner's looking for mince meat for pies. She told me to ask for "fruit chutney". As typical reserved English folk. I said "a rubber means something slightly different in America". Every time I asked where this was located in the store I was directed to the meat counter. I was travelling with a Canadian friend. we definately ran into some language barriers." A couple minutes later. Walla! I was able to bake my Mince Meat Pies. My British friend gasped in amazment and said "Are you allowed to smoke a fag in there?" the two rough guys looked really confused and I burst into laughter. She had spent the day horse riding and that evening we met in the student bar. when I entered into a discussion with the bell hop.C. As Thanksgiving was approaching I decided to invite my new friends for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. I've got a sore fanny as I've been riding a horse all day!" I need not tell you the reaction this had on the already silent group sitting in the bar. I answered "We used a map in combination with the signs. I immediately asked how she was. We went into a purse/bag shop and one of my cousins (male) held up a 'fanny bag' and said I should get one to hold my change from Car Boots. All was well until we were driving about 30 MPH down a suburban road and passed a sign that said "Pavement ends 100 feet". none the less. From Wendy: My other American friend Renee was driving from the airport to her boyfriend's house in a hired car. she didn't understand how they could know what underwear the people are wearing :-). A guy was driving really close behind her. From Amber: A friend from England came to visit me in Los Angeles." Needless to say.my fanny is all wet". My Canadian friend was very surprised. everyone would often go quiet as the 'American Girl' came into the bar. We came to a pub where it said on the door: No thongs allowed. Well. He looked totally shocked and his eyes scanned the store because I was being glared at. From Mirjam: I went to Australia last year. I'm not carrying one today. and fanny is female sex organ. From Elizabeth: When I was 19 (I'm a American female)."ewww. and then it sunk in. From David: While at University in England I made friends with an American girl. I called a British friend. I took frequent business trips to the US with British colleagues.
Revolution as a sign the the eater was a rebel. and a couple years ago my family traveled to London. the letters P.When I was little. The initials POM were quickly adopted as a fond nickname ?Why are Americans called Yanks or Yankees . In American. I was ten and I didn't object to the use of ketchup on my pasta. and after the satisfying meal. "I'm stuffed" means I'm very full (of food). A few minutes later he brought back a little cup--of ketchup. He went up to one of the employees and asked "Where's the loo?". who really knows this but I like this explanation sent to me by a visitor to this website: "Alistair Cooke stated in his 1980s television series "The Story of English" that Americans purposely pronounced every letter of every word on purpose to differentiate themselves from the English. my family and I travelled to London. on long journeys.I probably was about 10 years old. We went out to lunch with some of our English friends. and I was told not to say this again. It was explained to me that birds in England are women.they responded by uncomfortably giggling and saying "well mate. but that pasta didn't come with any sauce on it.H. From Radan: An American mother and her baby were on a visit in Britain.O. From Brian: I am an American. The man said "If you're looking for someone.but nothing can make me forget that vocabulary lesson." Also a possibility is since Australia was originally a hold for convicts from England. "Pommy" might have been based on the word "pomegranate" -. I recall that I ordered some sort of pasta.. whatever suits your fancy!". In British slang. We were in a Wal-Mart shopping center and he had to use the bathroom. What's Lou's last name?" I thought that was hilarious! From David: I'm an American living in England.. Needless to say. Hwoever the origination of this word is a little unclear.... or because it was used as rhyming slang for "immigrant. reluctantly.stands for Prisoner of Mother England Another explanation: it originated in Victoria. This elicited a laugh from our English friend. I told some friends that I was going outside for a quick puff or two (meaning to smoke at least part of a cigarette).against scurvy ?Why are the English called Poms or Pommies Pommy" (or "pom" or "pommie") is a primarily Australian (and largely derisive) slang term " used to indicate a recent immigrant from Great Britain. Also to be different from the British ?Why are the English called Limeys From the habit. Last year a friend of mine from England came over to visit for a few weeks.From Bob: While serving in the Canadian Army in Germany I wound up in the hospital beside a young man from one of the British army units. And so. He stated somewhere that we changed our forks to our right hands prior to the ". I can page them for you on the intercom.. of English sailors drinking lime juice as a preventative . I had asked for marinara sauce. (Property of her majesty) were printed on their clothing and then began to apply to all immigrants from England..either because the redness of the fruit supposedly matched the typically florid British complexion. the Oxford English definition of POM . we went out to dinner with a friend of ours from England. ?Why ARE there difference between American and British English Well. Apparently in English it is a nasty term for being pregnant. While visiting... Interestingly enough. One day he asked me how are the birds in Canada With a big smile I told him that at hunting time You couldn't see the sky for the ducks No No he said Birds and kept repeating Bird Birds Looking at like some crazy man. I'm stuffed!".M. From Christine: I am a Californian teenager. From Stephanie .Port of Melbourne. Stunning silence while they realised her "nipples" are for "teat" in British English. I exclaimed "It was delicious. or a Brit in general. So I tried again. The waiter had no idea what I said. Tomato sauce? I guess I literally got what I wanted. In a nursery mother asked another one "Where can I have my nipples boiled?". my dad asked me how the meal was. a "puff" is a homosexual. In the first week or two after I arrived. where the British immigrants came by ship to the ..
was . Perhaps because it was used as the name of pirates. the New Zealander Soldiers were known as kiwis. But there have been several slang expressions containing the word bob. but the most likely source is the Dutch name Janke. "bloody drunk" arising from '"drunk as a blood" . a vague epithet expressing anger.common meaning it preserves of something that is easy to achieve USA Commonwealth . and was printed in ". as "b----y The OED says the origin is uncertain. a post for which Balfour was considered unsuitable. meaning. The most attractive theory is that it derives from a prolonged act of political nepotism.(flightless bird found in New Zealand During World War II the British Army ordered a large shipment of the Kiwi Boot Polish.. developed by an Australian William Ramsey. but often a mere intensive.term carries less emotion—except of course for baseball fans ?Why are New Zealanders called Kiwis The name kiwi was made famous by a brand of boot polish called "Kiwi". especially with a negative -. resentment. Around the same time it began to be abbreviated to Yank. In 1910 Ramsay returned to Australia from New Zealand after marrying Annie Meek of Timaru. The name kiwi has stuck . etc.. not a bloody one. when it referred not to all Americans but to those loyal to the Union. During the American Revolution. In the 1880s.The origin of Yankee has been the subject of much debate. The consensus among the irreverent in Britain seems to have been that to have Bob as your uncle guaranteed success. meaning “little Jan” or “little John. By the end of the war.. The derisive use nonetheless remained alive and even intensified in the South during the Civil War. but possibly refers to "bloods" (aristocratic rowdies) of the late 17th-early 18th centuries . no less. In need of a name for his boot polish he settled on a New Zealand symbol ..as. the use as adverb dates back to 1650s: as an intensive. in this case quite a long one. the British general who secured British domination of North America by defeating the French at Quebec. In Melbourne Ramsay developed his own brand of boot polish. It was used this way in the 1750s by General James Wolfe. which. bloody butcher. The first recorded use of the term by the British to refer to Americans in general appears in the 1780s.. and around this time it was also a common generic name for somebody you didn't know.considered blasphemous ?Where does the British saying "Bob's Your Uncle" come from This is another of those catchphrases which seem to arise out of nowhere and have a period of fashion. The first in 1887 was chief secretary of Ireland. The prime minister Lord Salisbury (family name Robert Cecil) appointed his rather less than popular nephew Arthur Balfour (later himself to be PM from 1902-11) to a succession of posts.classes Another version is that the derivation of "bloody" is as a corruption of the medieval phrase "by Our Lady". meaning "all is safe". The name may have been applied to New Britainers as an extension of an original use referring to Dutch settlers living along the Hudson River.newspapers. in a letter by Lord Horatio Nelson.” a nickname that dates back to the 1680s.ever since ?Why do Americans and Commonwealthers drive on the opposite side of the road ?Where does that word "Bloody" come from the English are so fond of using According to the Oxford English Dictionary: "In foul language. the name Yankee came to be used as a term of contempt. hence the expression and the . American soldiers adopted this term of derision as a term of national pride. etc.. Whatever the reason. "very" or "and no mistake". it was considered a "horrid word" by respectable people. some associated with thievery or gambling. On the other hand. "appealed to the imagination of the rough ". being an oath sworn on the person of the mother of Jesus Christ. Now the ." They cite an 1840s usage. Yankee is first recorded in 1765 as a name for an inhabitant of New Britain. One theory has it that it derives from the slang phrase all is bob. We know that it began to be used in the 1880s in Britain. and the association with bloody battle.the kiwi (a . on par with obscene or profane language.
based on how long you talk. Down is off in America. except Australia where you have no charge per minute on locals. most shoppers bag their own groceries while in the USA most do not. Very useful when dialing up to the Internet. Local phones calls in the USA do not attract charge per minute and you can talk as long as you want to for no additional charge.9 . Rugby Cricket 10% 0 *Britain is perhaps an exception when it comes to metric versus Imperial . hockey Baseball 15% 1 18 (17 in Britain) 18 16 18 240 volts Kilometers* Meters* Kilograms* Liters* Celsius Left Manual (standard) Soccer. while in Britain it is invariably called "High Street". Commonwealthers celebrate Christmas dinner in a similar fashion to Americans with one notable exception. At Christmas time. In the Commonwealth. These are oversize pillows found on many Commonwealth beds more for decorative purposes or perhaps to lie up against while reading a book or watching TV in bed. In the USA in sporting events such as gymnastics.they seem to be battling to make that switch over. This money goes to the state run TV channels in order to finance programming. Continental pillows in American are unheard of. checks (cheques) meant for deposit only are "crossed" meaning two lines are drawn across the top left corner. you only pay a connection fee. Some other interesting differences Americans make up their beds using blankets and sheets with a bedspread or comforter to cover the bed. In Britain. In the Commonwealth the highest possible score given is normally a 9. A billion in the Commonwealth is a trillion in the USA. toilet flush handles are (in most cases) also on the opposite side of the toilet. There is no license fee in the USA.. the usefulness of which is directly proportionate to the amount of money paid for them. Light switches are opposite. gallons Fahrenheit Right Automatic Football. Christmas Crackers: paper tubes that bang when you pull them apart and they contain a toy. you are going to get some funny looks from your banker! In most Commonwealth countries (except Australia).Legal driving age Legal drinking age Legal age of sexual consent Legal gambling age Electricity Road distance measured in Distance measured in Weight measured in Liquid measured in Temperature measured in Drives on the Car transmission. In Australia. mostly Most popular Winter sports Most popular Summer sport Expected % of tips Prefix for dialing long distance 16 21 18 21 110 volt Miles Feet.the thought being that you cannot give a perfect 10 score because there could always be someone who could do it better than you! . Believe it or not. Most Commonwealthers use a "duvet" (pronounced doo-vay) which is similar to a comforter but has a removable cover which can be washed. while down is on in the Commonwealth. In Australia it is called a doonah. The main road in a town is normally called "Main Street" in the USA. In the USA "For Deposit" is written on the back. many towns have a main street called Station Street. even though the official change from Imperial to Metric was made in the '60s. it is possible to get a perfect 10 score. you have to pay an annual license fee in order to own a TV. In the Commonwealth you are charged for local phone calls. yards Pounds Pints. a paper hat and a riddle or joke. If you talk about crossing a cheque in the USA.some items are still imperial measurement while others are metric .
. neither will any form of swear words be heard. In the Commonwealth it is not uncommon to see nakedness or hear "bad" words on network TV . In the USA. If the first digit is odd. In America YELLOW lines signify the center of the road and white the edge while exactly the opposite occurs in most Commonwealth countries. with road numbers getting higher as they go to the northwest. Highways in Commonwealth countries generally begin with a N for national (e. as the Interstate highway system was created after many "US-##" highways had been created. Want to know why Commonwealth countries (apart from Canada) drive on the left and Americans on the right? Then go here. who will show all of the above and MORE!) meaning that you CAN view whatever you want just so long as you are prepared to pay for it! In Britain some national daily newspapers have what is known as a "page three girl".and here we even include Canada.. but in the UK you sit in a group of 2 or more (Australia and South Africa single desks). I-465 bypasses around the city of Indianapolis and comes back to I-65. it is a spur. Also. For example. American television is much more "censored" and conservative than in the Commonwealth. M25) meaning they traverse only through or around a city (the M25 is a circular highway around London). N3) meaning they traverse the entire country or M for motorway (e. however in the US not many schools wear a uniform .g.g.e. If the first digit is even.. "time-out".. Freeways. a woman's breasts will not be shown on network or basic cable TV. that is a picture on page three of a topless girl posing. the famous US 66). There is a very good reason behind the highway marking system in the USA. What of course is interesting is the fact that these strong moralistic values are not imposed upon premium cable channels (such as HBO. In American schools you usually sit individually. Highways. US-131 spurs off of US-31 in Michigan and ends at the Indiana Toll Road without meeting up .only private schools. even the road markings are opposite. (For instance. Also. the lower numbers start in the northeast and get higher as they move southwest. highways are VERY specific in how you refer to them. Uniform is worn at nearly every school in the Commonwealth. Now if that isn't confusing enough. This was to help prevent confusion and overlapping numbering. Starz and Showtime. it is a bypass. For example. However. usually going around a city and meeting up with the original highway. three-digit highway numbers have a certain function depending on the first digit. Or R for route. Bare Boobs. Motorways. Highways marked "US" (i. lower numbers start in the southwest. for highways marked Interstate (such as I-75 going from Michigan to Florida).. meaning it forks from the original highway and doesn't meet up again. the 635 is pronounced the "six thirty-five" and NOT the "six three five" or the "six hundred and thirty five". Which side? The first thing to be considered is that fact that Americans drive on the RIGHT and in the Commonwealth you drive on the LEFT. but in the UK you would call it "isolation". who lean very much toward their true Commonwealth nature in this respect.. the second and third digit of the number is the highway of which it is a bypass or spur.Schools. You may call a period of time you are out of the lesson for behavior.
Tolls In the USA freeways or highways where you pay a toll are called "Turnpikes". drive-through pharmacies. but they differ VASTLY! For example the school zone speed limit in California is 25 mph. Drive through Everything in America is a "Drive-through". Burger King and even Chinese drive-throughs.in the USA chips are always called fries unless they are served with battered fish. while the most courteous are in California! Most drivers in the Commonwealth are courteous. with a few exceptions in such countries as India.which is now curving downwards (I know this doesn't make sense. In the Commonwealth the fork is held upside down. Boston) will invariably allow merging drivers in. such as power windows and cruise) than cars in the Commonwealth of the same price. Cars in America generally have a higher spec (extras. Americans always use their fingers for fries even in up market restaurants. the knife is returned to the table. but in Maine it is 15 mph. In the USA the knife is used to cut up the meat. after that. Eating Implements Apart from the fact the same foods are often called very different things. and food pushed onto the bottom side of the fork . "Black Taxis" are notorious for their deliberately poor and downright dangerous driving practices. one does NOT eat with just a fork… The knife remains in the right hand and the fork in the left. the Commonwealth French Fries (chips) are eaten with a knife and fork and NOT one's fingers . And while on the subject of chips or fries . the fork placed in the right hand and the rest of the meal consumed with a fork only. very confusing for people used to using both implements for all meals. such as MacDonald's. In fact many meals such as salads are served with only a fork. the style of eating between British English speakers and Americans differs vastly.again. then and then only. Drive-throughs are not as common in the Commonwealth although rapidly increasing in popularity. are they called "fish and chips" .) Shifting gear In America most vehicles have an automatic transmission while in the Commonwealth the majority of cars are manual. In Commonwealth countries they are called toll roads or toll ways. while in Texas it is 20 mph. This is especially the case with rental cars. Fast Food. In the Commonwealth.except perhaps in a pub or fast food outlet.. Florida. drive-through drycleaners.. It is as impossible to rent a manual in the States as it is impossible to rent an automatic in an economy or compact class in the Commonwealth. Some of the worst drivers in the USA are found in Texas and Florida. In South Africa. Drive safely! Americans are safe and courteous drivers on the whole.go figure THAT one out!! . In the Commonwealth traffic laws are set by central government and apply throughout the country without exception. drive-through liquor stores and cigarette stores. Motorcycle crash helmets MUST be worn in California and New York but are not necessary in Arizona. Sri Lanka and certain other Commonwealth countries in Africa. BEWARE Commonwealth visitors to the USA! Traffic laws in the USA not only differ from state to state. Texas or Maine. There are also drive-through banks and ATMs. and but for a few notable exceptions (New York. but that's just the way it is!!) Chips or fries..
Restaurants however will serve coffee in mugs. A stay of 4-6 hours . fish. pay and get outta here" establishments. Starters (appetizers) are rushed out within 5-10 minutes of arrival and the main course is served immediately. there ARE exceptions to this rule. In the USA a continental breakfast is coffee and donuts! Beverages Americans take their coffee VERY seriously and the thought of drinking instant coffee is about as appetizing as drinking toxic waste! Few US homes have electric kettles.. Tea in America is drunk cold with ice and sugar (ugh!!). A table would be typically turned over 5 or 6 times in an evening. so don't go writing nasty emails to me!! In the Commonwealth a group of friends going to a restaurant will invariably be there for the entire evening. American barbecues are mostly gas powered. on the other hand. lamb.. In some Commonwealth countries. There is another group of Americans that are more purists. chicken.And then there were hamburgers. Once again this is a generalization. The famous barbecue Many Americans when it comes to a barbecue. prefer to cook hamburger patties and hot dogs on the grill. sausage and kebabs in a variety of forms. chicken and other meats are not barbecued. The meat usually cooked is pork such as ribs or shoulder or chicken or beef. The check is brought as soon as the plates are cleared. This is not to say that in the USA steaks. it would not be unusual for a diner to remove the top half of the bun and eat the balance of the hamburger with a knife and fork.. A continental breakfast in the Commonwealth would be fruits. Sometimes the top of the bun is then discarded and not eaten at all!! This is not so much at a fast food place such as McDonalds. Americans by the large do not use chop sticks at Chinese restaurants.. Most Chinese restaurants automatically provide forks or spoons on the table and chop sticks have to be ASKED for. The barbecue purists tend shun gas in favor of charcoal. cheeses. Common meats grilled include steak. a variety of pastries and cold meats such as sliced ham. The speed with which we eat. but with less regularity . hamburger and hotdogs are reserved for fast-food outlets only. Tea. The only warm tea Americans drink is herbal tea (which incidentally they pronounce: 'erbal). ribs. in the Commonwealth is a hot drink served with sugar and milk and is a daily staple. In Commonwealth countries. while no home is without a coffee filter machine. In the Commonwealth. The reverse is the case in the Commonwealth where spoons and forks are only provided on request. Certainly saucers are NEVER provided. Throw away stuff Americans truly have a "throw away" society. they are. Even the best hotels will sometimes serve coffee in disposable cups and the teaspoons are no more than plastic straws. An average visit to an American restaurant is between 45 minutes and an hour. Hamburgers in America are eaten whole with one's hands. instant coffee is more common than it's filtered version and regarded as quite acceptable and would not raise eyebrows when served to guests. American restaurants are almost without exception "eat. commonwealth barbecues are more often than not charcoal or wood. In the Commonwealth only fast-food outlets use styrofoam (polystyrene) and plastic silverware (cutlery). who consider barbecue to be slow cooked meat with usually a tomato based sauce that ranges from mild to very hot. but more you would see this at a fancier restaurant that serves burgers.
. therefore a 'nip' of alcohol is 30ml. by law.m.. drink and socialize at the table.there could be as much as an hour break between courses. Bars in Australia and South Africa vary considerably.. Up market hotels in the Commonwealth would frown at a patron requesting to drink straight from the bottle. Australia is metric. are served warmer than in America! Ales (as opposed to lagers) are served at cellar temperature . In the US.m.m. Which could be a few hours later as the party will continue to sit.. The first drinking difference to consider is the legal age to drink.9.00 p.which is quite a lot larger. In America. Eating times differ greatly!! Americans prefer eating early in the evening and often will be found in restaurants having dinner at 5 p.m. In Britain. This applied to English ales and bitters. In the USA it is 21. In the Commonwealth it is normal to tip your server 10%. well chilled.m. beers are mostly served in the bottle (even by 5 star hotels). which is always chilled.m.. Drinking bitters and ales is an English practice that has not been extended to the rest of the Commonwealth. sometimes until the wee hours.which is below room temperature. with most people only reserving tables from 7.30 . When visiting with friends in their home. Bars in Britain traditionally closed at 11 p.ales are fermented at a slightly higher temperature than lagers. beers (ales or bitter). a 'nip' is 1 fl ounce .m. Main courses can be held back until the party calls for them . but definitely not 'chilled' . In the USA beers are chilled to almost freezing point. Americans would feel obliged to leave by 9 p. And the times we eat. Once the meal is complete the check is seldom brought until the guests ask for it. One of our contributors worked in a bar at an up market hotel in Australia and had regular arguments with US clients who insisted she was short-pouring them! . USA restaurants all close by 10 p. Tipping. In the Commonwealth it is not uncommon to be still in a restaurant past midnight! Lunchtime in the USA is 12 noon and in the Commonwealth it is 1 p. while in all Commonwealth countries it is only 18! While in Canada some provinces are 19 and some are 18. by law while in the USA they close at 2 a.in the restaurant would not be considered unusual. so some bars are now open until the wee hours. The reason is simple: beer should be served at the temperature that it ferments at .chilled bitter is tasteless (as is a lot of lager at whatever temperature) but warm bitter is foul (but not as foul as warm lager!). England has recently passed a new law that allows late night drinking.m. In the Commonwealth restaurants only open their kitchens at 6 p. They will wrap a paper napkin (serviette) around the bottle to soak condensation. but not to foreign lager or beer. In the USA 15% is the norm. In the Commonwealth leaving before midnight would be regarded as rude (implying that the hosts were perhaps boring) with many couples socializing until 2 or 3 a.m. Countries like Australia and South Africa serve mostly locally made lagers.
going to the pub for lunch and a few beers is not only common practice. People in the USA who consume alcohol on a daily basis would be regarded as alcoholics. More often than not the average person will consume some form of alcohol every single day of their life – even if it is just a quick beer at their local pub on the way home or a glass of wine while watching TV. A 50/50 mixture of beer and Sprite or 7Up is called a “beer shandy”. Ask for lemonade in the Commonwealth and you will get a drink that is labeled Lemonade on the can but will taste just like Sprite. and certainly NEVER with a mixer – only club soda is acceptable. Drinks are normally free or heavily subsidized by the company. Funnily enough bosses consider this as an excellent business day with many work problems discussed and solved over a beer and good relationships forged with subordinates.m. if an employee drank. In the Commonwealth many companies have a fully stocked bar in their offices and employees are encouraged to socialize over a few drinks after work on a Friday (and often on other days in the week as well). Gingerbeer is a carbonated soft drink sold in cans like any other soda. it would be grounds for INSTANT dismissal!! In the Commonwealth. This is a bar close to home or work that they visit on a regular basis. Icing your drinks Having large quantities of ice in one’s drink is very much an American practice. the insurance would have to pay the doctor bills. Also. Incidentally. They know everyone there and everyone there knows them. In the USA soft drinks are poured only after the glass has been filled at least half to three quarters with ice. In the Commonwealth. and got hurt on the job. Even coldrinks (sodas) in the Commonwealth are mostly served without ice. and is NOT alcohol. The most common of all is the “Lime & Lager” – a shot of lime cordial is mixed into a beer. The Pub Most people in the Commonwealth like to have a “local”. Drinking and Working If an American were to enjoy a beer with his lunch during a working week. In the USA this would NEVER happen because if one of the employees were to have a vehicle accident on the way home they would be able to sue the company for providing the alcohol that "caused the accident". In the USA it would be quite common to order a whisky and ginger ale or coke. but is mixed 50/50 with real beer.Mixing your drinks In the Commonwealth it is quite common to mix beer with sweet drinks. An you . sugar and water. but bosses use this as an opportunity to get to know their staff better and the company will often PAY for the food and booze! More often than not. or even the classic “Seven and Sevens” – Seagram's Seven whisky with 7 UP as a mixer. Drinking alcohol on a regular basis in Commonwealth countries is pretty much a way of life. and heading straight for home. A home away from home they visit to see friends or just to sit and read a book while having a quiet beer. these impromptu gatherings will continue for the balance of the afternoon with the employees only getting out of the pub at 5-6 p. Whisky is seldom served with ice. or at the very most perhaps with a cube or two. Sprite or 7Up in the Commonwealth is called lemonade while lemonade in the USA is a homemade drink made from real lemons.
the legal driving limit is 0. so drinking while working would be grounds for instant dismissal. Some states will only allow beer that is 3. Many states have open container laws . Liquor laws in the Commonwealth generally prevent the sale of Alcohol on a Sunday and after certain hours in the evening. In Nevada.2% alcohol while others (like Utah) prohibit the sale of hard liquor completely unless you belong to a club. In Australia. booze is on sale 24 hours a day.KNOW how expensive health care is in the US!! Big companies have exorbitant health insurance costs.that is no open containers of alcohol are allowed in a vehicle . while in Texas. . Kentucky and other southern states there are many counties you can't buy liquor at all.. already. The LAW! Liquor laws in America differ from state to state.m. the legal driving limit is 0. In California you can buy liquor 7 days a week. not even beer on ANY day. seven days a week.08.not even if a passenger is drinking it. right up to 2 a.05 and liquor is available for sale 7 days a week. and like the USA.
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