Comparison of British and American English

British and American English often use different terms to describe the same thing...



British and American terms:

  • crisps – chips; potato chips
  • crocodile clip – alligator clip
  • current account – checking account
  • dressing gown – robe; bathrobe
  • drink-driving – drunk driving
  • drinks cupboard – liquor cabinet
  • drinks party – cocktail party
  • driving licence – driver’s license
  • dustbin – garbage can
  • faith school – parochial school
  • ladybird – ladybug
  • lift – elevato
  • lolly – lollipop
  • lorry – truck
  • market garden – truck farm
  • mobile phone – cell phone
  • motorway – expressway; highway
  • mum/mummy – mom/mommy
  • pavement – sidewalk
  • pedestrian crossing – crosswalk
  • petrol – gas; gasoline
  • postbox – mailbox
  • potato crisp – potato chip
  • public school – private school
  • public transport – public transportation
  • queue – line
  • racing car – race car
  • railway – railroad

  • first floor - second floor
  • flat - apartment
  • football - soccer
  • footway - sidewalk
  • fringe (hair) - bangs
  • full stop (punctuation) - period
  • garden - yard; lawn
  • ground floor - first floor
  • holiday - vacation
  • in hospital - in the hospital
  • indicator (on a car)turn signal
  • jumper - sweater
  • junior school - elementary school

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