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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AMERICAN AND BRITISH WORDS
I am indebted to Dr. Beren S. Ewen for providing a lot more words which are different in the U.K. and America - the comments in green are my own.
Gollihugh comments as follows:-
Mac/Macintosh vs Raincoat: In America, "a Mac" always means an Apple computer
Marrow vs Squash: If you said "marrow" to an American they would assume you were talking about the substance found inside bones.
Peckish vs Hungry: I have heard Americans use the term peckish but it usually implies only a slight hunger.
Tap vs Faucet: We refer to the hardware as a "faucet" or sometimes a "spigot" in the south. However, "tap water" (as opposed to bottled water) is what comes out of the faucet.
Tractor trailers are also called "big rigs", "semis", or "18 wheelers"
Sneakers are also widely called "tennis shoes". This is true even if they aren't being used for tennis.
This subject has created a great deal of interest and input from visitors. For ease of use these have been split into several different pages including:-
Differences between Australian, British and American English.
a chart listing some of the differences between the more commonly used British/American words and phrases,
Differences between some of the more common British and American words and phrases.
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