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Differences between British English and American English CLOTHES IN THE UK, WE WOULD BE EMBARRASED OF PEOPLE SAW OUR

PANTS, WHY? British English Trousers Pants / Underwear / Knickers briefs/underpants Jumper / Pullover / Sweater / Jersey Pinafore Dress Vest Waistcoat Wellington Boots / Wellies Mac (slang for Macintosh) Plimsolls Trainers Braces Suspenders Dressing Gown Nappy Pinny / Apron Polo Neck Dressing Gown Swimming costume / Cozzy Dungarees dressing-gown bootlace/shoelace bowler/hard hat American English Pants Underwear / panties shorts/jockey shorts Sweater Jumper Undershirt Vest Galoshes Rain Coat Gym Shoes Sneakers Suspenders Holds up stockings Robe Diaper Apron Turtle Neck Bath Robe Bathing Suit Overalls bathrobe shoestring derby

At School "Stop mucking around and get on with your work," shouted the teacher to two students who were off task.

British English Friend / Mate Rubber Maths Public School State School Holiday Packed lunch School dinner Staff Room Plimsolls "Mucking Around" / Off Task Play Time / Break Time Open Day / Open Evening Marking Scheme Drawing pins Headmaster/mistress Headteacher Caretaker/porter Friend Eraser Math

American English

Private School Public School Vacation Sack lunch/bag lunch Hot Lunch Teachers Lounge Gym Shoes Off Task / Fooling Around / "Goofing Off" Recess Open House Grading Scheme pushpins or thumbtacks Principal Janitor

On the Road In the UK, we drive slowly over sleeping policemen. Are we afraid of waking them up? British English Dual carriageway Sleeping Policeman / speed bump Car park Car Journey / drive Zebra Crossing / Pedestrian Crossing Lollipop Man or Lady Motorway Motorway American English Divided highway Speed bump Parking Lot Road Trip Cross Walk Crossing Guard Freeway/throughway Super highway

Traffic Jam / Tailback Lorry Articulated Lorry Estate car Petrol Pavement Petrol Station Skip Diversion Lay-by Cul-de-sac Roundabout (road) Fly-over Fire Engine Phone Box Overtake (vehicle) Convoy Caravan

Traffic Jam Truck Tractor Trailer / Trailer Truck Station wagon Gas / Gasoline Sidewalk Gas Station Dumpster Detour Pull-off Dead end Traffic circle Overpass Fire Truck Telephone Booth Pass Caravan Trailer Parts of a Car

British English Bonnet Windscreen Boot Reversing lights Number plate Gear lever Exhaust pipe

American English Hood Windshield Trunk Back-up lights License plate Gear shift Tail pipe / Muffler

Buildings / Shops British English American English

Semi-Detached House Block of flats Block of flats First floor Terrace (row of houses joined) Chemist Surgery Cafe / Caff (not 24 hrs) Ironmonger Bungalow Newsagent Off license/wine merchant Bureau de change Bill

Duplex Apartment house Apartment building Second floor Town House Drug Store / Druggist Doctor's office Diner Hardware store House (one story) Ranch House News dealer/news stand Liquor store Currency exchange Check (restaurant)

Food Are you Peckish? (Are you Hungry?) What's for afters? Have you had your pudding yet? Are you feeling peckish (hungry)? That food looks very scrummy (delicious) British English Scone Fairy Cake Courgette Sweets Sausage / Banger Crisps Chips (French Fries in McDonald's) Starter Puddings / Afters / Dessert / Sweets Jacket Potato / Baked Potato Jam Biscuit Cup Cake Zucchini Candy Sausage Chips French Fries Appetizer Dessert Baked Potato Jelly or Jam American English

Jelly (a dessert in the UK) Aubergine Sandwich / Butty / Sarny Ice lolly Bill (at restaurant) Grill (oven grill) Food / Grub / Nosh Rasher Eggy bread (fried) Runner beans broad bean Soldiers (We dip soldiers in our soft boiled eggs) bap Take-away biscuit (sweet) corn flour desiccated (coconut) icing sugar icing sugar kipper marrow semolina sorbet Swiss roll black treacle black or white?(coffee) candyfloss

Jell-o (flavoured gelatin) Eggplant Sandwich Popsicle check Broil (oven broil) Food A slice of bacon French Toast Green beans lima bean Finger sized slices of toast. hamburger bun Take out cookie corn starch shredded powdered sugar confectioners sugar smoked herring squash cream of wheat sherbet jelly roll molasses with or without? cotton candy

Flapjacks in England are oats mixed with honey and/or golden syrup and baked then cut into slices. sometimes raisins are added to the mixture.

In and around the House I watch the telly whilst lying on the settee. Whilst is used in British English. It is another word for while

British English The Toilet / Loo / The John / Bog / WC / Visiting the little boys (little girl's room).

American English Bathroom / Restroom

Bathroom - the room where the bath is. If you asked us for the bathroom we will think you want to have a bath! Tap Garden Cupboard Wardrobe Curtains Net curtains Bin / Dust Bin Telephone / Blower / Phone Television / Box / Telly/ TV Cooker e.g. gas cooker, electric cooker Couch / Sofa / Settee Hand Basin / Sink Run the bath Bath Bath (v.) Wireless / Radio Clothes peg Sitting room Living room Lounge Drawing room Sofa Faucet Backyard / Yard Closet Closet Drapes Sheers/under drapes Trash Can Telephone TV / Television Range or Stove Sofa Sink Fill the tub Bath tub Bathe Radio Clothes pin Living room Living room Living room Living room Davenport/couch People British English Girl / Lass Boy / Lad Girl Boy American English

Man / Bloke / Chap/ Gentleman / Guy / Policeman / Bobby/ Copper Postman Dustman Friend / Pal / Chum/ Mate / Buddy Cashier Lollypop Man Guard (railway) Solicitor Caretaker/porter Nutter Mum / Mummy / Mom, Mother

Man / Guy Cop Postal Worker / Mailman / Mail Carrier Garbage Man Friend / Buddy Teller Crossing Guard Conductor Lawyer/attorney Janitor Crazy Person Mom, Mommy, Mother, Ma Sport British English Football Rounders Bat (table tennis) American English Soccer Baseball Paddle (ping pong) Other Words British English Torch Plaster Autumn Bank Holiday Lift Queue There's a queue. Quid (slang for pound) Trodden on I'm knackered Kip / sleep American English Flashlight Band-Aid Fall National Holiday Elevator Stand in a Line There's a line. Bucks Stepped on I'm Beat sleep

Nick Starkers / naked Come round Off you go It's gone off Lady bird

steal Naked Come over Go ahead It's spoiled Lady bug

British and American terms British and American English often spell the same word differently, for example: labour/labor, enthrall/enthral, or centre/center. You can find out more about these differences here: ( There are also many cases in which the two varieties of English use different terms to describe the same thing. Heres a list of various British words and expressions together with their American equivalents. British English accommodation action replay aerofoil aeroplane agony aunt Allen key aluminium aniseed anticlockwise articulated lorry asymmetric bars aubergine baking tray bank holiday beetroot bill biscuit black economy blanket bath blind block of flats boiler suit bonnet (of a car) boob tube boot (of a car) bottom drawer bowls braces brawn (the food) breakdown van breeze block bridging loan bumbag candyfloss car park casualty catapult central reservation chemist chips cinema cling film common seal consumer durables cornflour cos (lettuce) American English accommodations instant replay airfoil airplane advice columnist Allen wrench aluminum anise counterclockwise tractor-trailer uneven bars eggplant cookie sheet legal holiday beet(s) check cookie; cracker underground economy sponge bath (window) shade apartment building coveralls hood tube top trunk hope chest lawn bowling suspenders headcheese tow truck cinder block bridge loan fanny pack cotton candy parking lot emergency room slingshot median strip drugstore French fries movie theater; the movies plastic wrap harbor seal durable goods cornstarch Romaine

cot cot death cotton bud cotton wool council estate courgette court card crash barrier crisps crocodile clip cross-ply crotchet (music) current account danger money demister (in a car) dialling tone diamante double cream draughts (game) drawing pin dressing gown drink-driving drinks cupboard drinks party driving licence dual carriageway dummy (for a baby) dust sheet dustbin earth (electrical) engaged (of a phone) estate agent estate car ex-directory faith school financial year fire brigade/service first floor fish finger fitted carpet flannel flat flexitime flick knife flyover football footway fringe (hair) full board (in hotels) full stop (punctuation) garden gearing (finance) gear lever

crib crib death cotton swab absorbent cotton (housing) project zucchini face card guardrail chips; potato chips alligator clip bias-ply quarter note checking account hazard pay defroster dial tone rhinestone heavy cream checkers thumbtack robe; bathrobe drunk driving liquor cabinet cocktail party drivers license divided highway pacifier drop cloth garbage can ground busy real estate agent, realtor (trademark) station wagon unlisted parochial school fiscal year fire company/department second floor fish stick wall-to-wall carpeting washcloth apartment flextime switchblade overpass soccer sidewalk bangs American plan period yard; lawn leverage gearshift

goods train greaseproof paper green fingers grill (noun) grill (verb) ground floor groundsman hairslide hatstand hen night hire purchase hoarding hob holdall holiday holidaymaker homely hosepipe in hospital hot flush housing estate hundreds and thousands ice lolly icing sugar indicator (on a car) inside leg jelly babies Joe Bloggs Joe Public jumble sale jump lead jumper junior school kennel ladybird a lettuce level crossing lift lolly lollipop lady (or man) loo (toilet) loose cover lorry loudhailer low loader lucky dip luggage van maize mangetout market garden marshalling yard maths metalled road

freight train wax paper/waxed paper green thumb broiler broil first floor groundskeeper barrette hatrack bachelorette party installment plan billboard stovetop carryall vacation vacationer homey (garden) hose in the hospital hot flash housing development sprinkles (for ice cream) Popsicle (trademark) confectioners sugar turn signal inseam jelly beans Joe Blow John Q. Public rummage sale jumper cable sweater elementary school doghouse ladybug a head of lettuce grade crossing elevator Popsicle (trademark) crossing guard john slipcover truck bullhorn flatbed truck grab bag baggage car corn snow pea truck farm railroad yard math paved road

milometer minim (music) mobile phone monkey tricks motorway mum/mummy nappy needlecord newsreader noughts and crosses number plate off-licence opencast mining ordinary share oven glove paddling pool paracetamol parting (in hair) patience pavement pay packet pedestrian crossing peg pelmet petrol physiotherapy pinafore dress plain chocolate plain flour polo neck positive discrimination postal vote postbox postcode potato crisp power point pram press stud press-up private soldier public school public transport punchbag pushchair pylon quantity surveyor quaver (music) queue racing car railway real tennis recorded delivery registration plate

odometer half note cell phone monkeyshines expressway; highway mom/mommy diaper pinwale newscaster tic-tac-toe license plate liquor store; package store open-pit mining common stock oven mitt wading pool acetaminophen part solitaire sidewalk pay envelope crosswalk clothespin valance gas; gasoline physical therapy jumper dark chocolate all-purpose flour turtleneck reverse discrimination absentee ballot mailbox zip code potato chip electrical outlet baby carriage; stroller snap pushup GI private school public transportation punching bag stroller utility pole estimator eighth note line race car railroad court tennis certified mail license plate

remould (tyre) reverse the charges reversing lights right-angled triangle ring road room only roundabout (at a fair) roundabout (in road) rowing boat sailing boat saloon (car) sandpit sandwich cake sanitary towel self-raising flour semibreve (music) semitone (music) share option shopping trolley show house/home silencer (on a car) silverside skeleton in the cupboard skimmed milk skipping rope skirting board sledge sleeper sleeping partner slowcoach snakes and ladders solicitor soya/soya bean splashback spring onion stag night Stanley knife starter state school storm in a teacup surtitle swede sweet(s) takeaway (food) taxi rank tea towel terrace house tick ticket tout tights timber titbit toffee apple

retread call collect back-up lights right triangle beltway European plan carousel traffic circle rowboat sailboat sedan sandbox layer cake sanitary napkin self-rising flour whole note half step stock option shopping cart model home muffler rump roast skeleton in the closet skim milk jump rope baseboard sled railroad tie silent partner slowpoke chutes and ladders lawyer soy/soybean backsplash green onion bachelor party utility knife appetizer public school tempest in a teapot supertitle rutabaga candy takeout; to go taxi stand dish towel row house check mark scalper pantyhose lumber tidbit candy apple

touch wood trade union trading estate trainers tram transport cafe trolley twelve-bore unalike underground vacuum flask verge (of a road) vest veterinary surgeon wagon (on a train) waistcoat walking frame wardrobe water ice weatherboard white coffee white spirit wholemeal bread windcheater windscreen wing (of a car) worktop Yale lock zebra crossing zed (letter Z) zip

knock on wood labor union industrial park sneakers streetcar; cable car truck stop shopping cart twelve-gauge unlike subway thermos bottle shoulder undershirt veterinarian car vest walker closet Italian ice clapboard coffee with cream mineral spirits wholewheat bread windbreaker windshield fender countertop cylinder lock crosswalk zee zipper