Selected Vocabulary Differences
Look through the vocabulary, which is differently used in the American and British variants of the English language.
Selected Vocabulary Differences

Food

• Aubergine (BrE) – eggplant (AmE);
• bilberry (BrE) – blueberry (AmE);
• bill (at restaurant) (BrE) – check (AmE);
• biscuit / bickie (BrE) – cookie (AmE);
• chips (BrE) – French fries (AmE);
• corn (BrE) – crops (AmE);
• courgette (BrE) – zucchini (AmE);
• crisps (BrE) – potato chips (AmE);
• eggy bread (fried) (BrE) – French toast (AmE);
• fairy cake (BrE) – cup cake (AmE);
• flan (BrE) – pie / fruit pie (AmE);
• grill (BrE) – broil (AmE);
• ice lolly (BrE) – popsicle (AmE);
• jam (BrE) – jelly (AmE);
• jelly (BrE) – jello (AmE);
• maize (BrE) – corn (AmE);
• runner beans (BrE) – green beans (AmE);
• scotch pancakes (BrE) – flapjacks (AmE);
• starter (BrE) – appetizer (AmE);
• sweets (BrE) – candy (AmE);
• take-away (BrE) – take out (AmE).

Cars

• Accumulator (BrE) – (car) battery (AmE);
• bonnet (BrE) – hood (AmE);
• boot (BrE) – trunk (AmE);
• coach (BrE) – intercity bus (AmE);
• exhaust pipe (BrE) – tail pipe / muffler (AmE);
• reversing lights (BrE) – back-up lights (AmE);
• saloon (BrE) – “sedan” car (AmE);
• windscreen (BrE) – windshield (AmE).

House

• Bin / dust bin (BrE) – trash can (AmE);
• cooker (BrE) – range or stove (AmE);
• couch / sofa / settee (BrE) – sofa (AmE);
• fitted carpet (BrE) – wall-to-wall carpeting (AmE);
• garden (BrE) – backyard / yard (AmE);
• ground floor (BrE) – first floor (AmE);
• hand basin / sink (BrE) – sink (AmE);
• run the bath (BrE) – fill the tub (AmE);
• tap (BrE) – faucet (AmE);
• television / box / telly/ TV (BrE) – TV / television (AmE);
• the toilet / loo / the John / bog / WC / visiting the little boys (little girl's room) (BrE) – bathroom / restroom (AmE);
• wardrobe (BrE) – closet (AmE).

Other Words

• Alsatian (dog) (BrE) – German shepherd (AmE);
• athletics (BrE) – track and field (AmE);
• autumn (BrE) – fall (AmE);
• Bank holiday (BrE) – National holiday (AmE);
• carrier bag (BrE) – shopping bag (AmE);
• come round (BrE) – come over (AmE);
• deposit account (BrE) – savings account (AmE);
• it's gone off (BrE) – it's spoiled (AmE);
• lady bird (BrE) – lady bug (AmE);
• lift (BrE) – elevator (AmE);
• mean (BrE) – stingy (AmE);
• nick (BrE) – steal (AmE);
• off you go (BrE) – go ahead (AmE);
• plaster (BrE) – band-aid (AmE);
• queue (there's a queue) (BrE) – stand in a line (there's a line) (AmE);
• return ticket (BrE) – round-trip ticket (AmE);
• surgery (BrE) – doctor's office (AmE);
• torch (BrE) – flashlight (AmE);
• trodden on (BrE) – stepped on (AmE).



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