Important British English/American English Words You Should Know

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Americans speak English, Brits speak English,  so all the words should be the same, right?

Wrong.

Having moved to the USA 6 years ago, but still visiting London once a year, I’m getting used to people looking at me strangely when I say certain words. Saying “Can I have a jacket potato?” in America has most people wondering about my sanity, while asking for a “comforter” in the UK will leave people wondering if you need a hug. And a trip to a psychiatrist.

So, if you’re traveling across the pond, here are some words you will need to remember, in order to avoid any confused stares.

 

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At Home

Toilet = The loo

Band Aid = Plaster

Pacifier = Dummy

Diaper = Nappy

Pants = Trousers

Panties = Pants

Trash = Rubbish

Trash can = Rubbish bin

Comforter = Duvet

At A Restaurant

Soda = Fizzy Drink

Carbonated water = Sparkling Water or Fizzy Water

Check = The bill

Chips = Crisps

Fries = Chips

Baked potato = Jacket potato

Out and About

Stroller = Pram/Buggy/Pushchair

Freeway = Motorway

Elevator = Lift

Sidewalk = Pavement

Cell = Mobile

Purse = Handbag

Ladies wallet = Purse

 

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Managing Editor. Ladan is a British mother of three, who moved to California in 2008 to live with her husband. Born and raised in London, she has the very British sarcastic sense of humor. None of her previous workplaces prepared her for becoming a mother and having the three most demanding bosses in the world, but also the cutest.

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