There are many British words which are different to American words. For example:
• A lorry is a slimmer truck.
• A lift is an elevator.
• A fortnight is two weeks.
• A chemist is a person who works in a drugstore.
• A dual carriageway is a freeway.
Lisa and Sofia Efthymiou, an American mum and daughter, have listed below a few of the differences between British and American words. Visit also our Glossary of British Words
We have arranged the words in categories to make viewing easier for school work. | British and American Vocabulary | |Clothes |Parts of a Car | |At School |In and around the House | |On the Road |People | |Buildings / Shops |Sport | |Let's Eat! |Other Words | |British and American Spellings |Test Yourself |
In the UK, we would be embarrassed if people saw our pants. why? | British English | American English | |Trousers |Pants | |Pants / Underwear / Knickers |Underwear / panties | |Jumper / Pullover / Sweater / |Sweater | |Jersey | | |Pinafore Dress |Jumper | |Vest |Undershirt | |Waistcoat |Vest | |Wellington Boots / Wellies |Galoshes | |Mac (slang for Macintosh) |Rain Coat | |Plimsolls |Gym Shoes | |Trainers |Sneakers | |Braces |Suspenders | |Suspenders |Holds up stockings | |Dressing Gown |Robe | |Nappy |Diaper | |Pinny / Apron |Apron | |Polo Neck |Turtle Neck | |Dressing Gown |Bath Robe | |Swimming costume / Cozzy |Bathing Suit |
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"Stop mucking around and get on with your work,"
shouted the teacher to two students who were off task.
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