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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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51 Comments
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
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
Andy Andrews
I'm English. When I first worked in Chicago I made the mistake of asking a female colleague if she could lend me a rubber. Eraser. UK Condom. USA Oscar Wilde once said that the British and Americans were "divided by a common language" So true !!
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Oct 18, 2019 11:29AM
Andrew Mullineaux
patriciamtngirl, and in English--"of"--tut, tut !
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Nov 20, 2019 1:06AM
Mary Nagle Devitt
I did the same. I was 18 yrs old and my face is as a new shade of Red
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Nov 19, 2019 12:54PM
Dave Hamilton
I see you had the good taste or did not have the courage to name an anatomical part beginning with F.
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Nov 17, 2019 4:53PM
Barry Dalsant
In England "suspenders" means a woman's garter belt. In the US it means the straps that hold up a Man's pants. The word in England is "braces." This became comically clear a few years ago when I asked for suspenders in the men's department of a department store and received some raised eyebrows.
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Nov 15, 2019 3:38PM
patriciamtngirl
Would of preferred in quizz format!
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Nov 14, 2019 3:19PM
Anne Finlayson
In the UK the word 'lift' generally means to pick something up. The word 'lift' used to denote an elevator is a secondary meaning.
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Nov 14, 2019 8:31AM
grmom
I learned something
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Nov 11, 2019 6:01PM
Linda Spreng
Gautam Shiv Vir, Have you reported the problem using the red "Report" button?
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Nov 9, 2019 6:06PM
Marshall Davis
What a load of rubbish
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Nov 6, 2019 3:01AM
Steve Shields
Johnny Rock, we don’t call the first floor the second floor, we call the first floor the first floor. Lots look at it a different way. If you were to count stairs as you climbed them what # would the first step up be?
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Oct 29, 2019 7:34PM
Colin Sumner
Obviously written by an American, as the US version is imputed to be correct. But why would you call the first floor the ground floor when you really mean that the second floor is the first floor, and imply that the ground floor in the UK is really the first floor?
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Oct 23, 2019 11:58AM
Peter Thomas
Andy Andrews, That was a quote by George Bernard Shaw - Oscar Wilde's quote was "Indeed, in many respects, she was quite English, and was an excellent example of the fact that we have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language."
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Oct 22, 2019 5:30PM
David Holmes
Kirk Tanaka, UK English is the original language, we invented it.
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Oct 21, 2019 6:21PM
Muriel Feaver Yeoman
I watch a lot of British TV but some of these were new to me.
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Oct 21, 2019 5:32PM
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

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