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15 English words that mean completely different things in the USA and Great Britain

Even if you are a native speaker of English, the way your language is used in different parts of the world may surprise you. The differences between UK and US English are a perfect example, and here are some everyday words that have completely different meanings in the two countries.



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90 Comments
Rosalind Exton
Some of these words have a dual meaning in the UK. Context is everything.
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Oct 17, 2019 4:52PM
Rod Peel
In Bolivia there are two forms of English, ingles and gringles. I leave the reader to decide which is which. The quiz is fundamentally flawed. It is only common English people who would use the word 'bog' for a toilet. Its normal meaning is the same both sides of the Atlantic. There are other examples here like that that I can't be bothered to list here.
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Oct 17, 2019 10:23PM
Lydia Coutts
Johnny Rock, in the UK the floor at street level is the ground floor. The floor above it is the first floor, as in the first floor up. Nothing “weird” about it.
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Oct 21, 2019 5:08PM
Michael Cook
I'm an Aussie, going on those fifteen words we use both. I guess we might just be better listeners. Instead of changing the word, we listen for its context. Because it's been a lifetime practice we do it automatically. It was only while going through the list that it became a conscious practice.
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May 4, 2020 7:20PM
Dave Woodward
Numbers 4, 5, 11 14 and 15 can have the same meaning in the USA. It all depends on what context you use them.. I am English but live in America. What really annoys me is on TV programs, a lot of people mispronounce places in the UK, such as when they pronounce Warwick as WORWICK and Norwich as NORWITCH. I know that Americans would get very upset if the Brits did not pronounce USA place names correctly so maybe they should learn how to say British names and places otherwise, shut up!
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Jul 28, 2020 6:47PM
Marian Spitzig
Some of these have multiple meanings in the US.
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Oct 16, 2021 7:30PM
kandilarson
Context is king!
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Oct 13, 2021 6:13PM
Arun Visvanathan
Steve Tingle, And a bonnet is ladies headgear in UK.
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Oct 3, 2021 4:17AM
Caroline Weis
Also a jumper was a dress worn over a blouse. I used to wear one in highschool and my mother made a red one for herself.
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Oct 3, 2021 2:35AM
Caroline Weis
I always heard that a toilet in England was called a loo not a bog.
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Oct 3, 2021 2:32AM
Lynne Kraner
Interesting. Context is important.
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Sep 25, 2021 5:58PM
pcnana
Years ago in the Southern US a jumper was a skirt w/a bib and w/shoulder straps worn over a blouse.
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Sep 8, 2021 4:23PM
Linda Evers
Caroline Weis, bonnet also means a babies hat in the UK. As with most words the meaning depends on the context.
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Sep 4, 2021 5:01PM
lrs
lrs
bonniecardona, I also like the American way. I am from Louisiana. Now before you think I am an isolationist Louisiana has Canadian influence in its culture since our great Cajun population came from Nova Scotia and some still speak French based how they speak in Nova Scotia. Thanks for helping us form a culture we are proud of.
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Aug 28, 2021 11:35AM
lrs
lrs
Bob Higgs, it must be a bunch of sissies. Why do men act so much like women with their petty stuff?
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Aug 28, 2021 11:30AM
BarbaRaven
12 in American English is wrong! A jumper is like a dress but sleeveless and with a low-cut neck under which is worn a blouse or a thin sweater.
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Jun 18, 2021 6:14PM
bonniecardona
I like the USA way of speaking as I'm Canadian and this is my lingo
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May 7, 2021 5:56PM
Steve Tingle
Yes as mentioned, many of them have more than one meaning in English (UK) sometimes the alternative is the same as the American use. One to add in automobiles the hood is an item of clothing in the UK but the bonnet of a car in the US.
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Jan 29, 2021 7:15PM
Mary Elliott Spencer
A Band-Aid is just called a plaster in England. Found out after daughter fell and scraped her knee
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Dec 16, 2020 6:05PM
Caroline Weis
They forgot bonnet. In UK it means the hood of a car. In US its a ladies hat.
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Nov 21, 2020 3:34AM

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