What Are the Differences Between 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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