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18/10/2012

How is Vocabulary Different in British and American English?

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How is vocabulary different in British and American English? Probably the major differences between British and American English lie in the choice of vocabulary. The most important rule of thumb is to try to be consistent in your usage.                    

See the list below:

British English
US English
British English
US English
bank holiday
public holiday
mackintosh
slicker
basin
sink
main road
highway
big wheel
Ferris wheel
minced beef
ground beef
biscuits
cookies
motorway
freeway / turnpike
bonnet
hood
nail varnish
nail polish
boot
trunk
nappies
diapers
braces
suspenders
page
bellboy
break
recess
pants
panties
candyfloss
cotton candy
pavement
sidewalk
car park
parking lot
petrol
gas
chest of drawers
bureau
plait
braid
chips
French fries
plaster
band-aid
compere
emcee
porridge
oatmeal
cinema
movie theater
postcode
zip code
crisps
chips
pram
baby buggy
crossroads
intersection
public school
private school
current account
checking account
pupil
student
curtains
drapes
removal van
moving van
drawing-pin
thumbtack
rubber  
eraser
drink-driving
drunk driving
rubbish
garbage
dummy
pacifier
rubbish
trash
dustbin
trashcan
rucksack
knapsack
engaged
busy
saloon car
sedan
film
movie
school report
report card
fish fingers
fish sticks
Sellotape
Scotch tape
flannel
washcloth
shares
stocks
flat
apartment
spare time
free time
flu
grippe
spring onion
scallion
frying-pan
skillet
suspenders
garters
funfair
carnival
tap
faucet
garden
yard
tights
panty hose
ground floor
first floor
tin
can
handbag
purse
tram
streetcar
holiday
vacation
toilet
bathroom
hoover
vacuum cleaner
torch
flashlight
jam
jelly
trousers
pants
jug
pitcher
underground
subway
jumper
sweater
vest
undershirt
kerb
curb
washing powder
detergent
ladder
run
washing up liquid
dishwashing liquid
last post
taps
wellies
rubber boots
lift
elevator
windscreen
windshield
lorry
truck
zip
zipper
 
(Taken from various sources)
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