Learning English

Not only do the Brits drive on the “wrong” side of the road, but they spell words differently (e.g. “organise” and “theatre”). Furthermore, the version of English spoken on the American side of the pond uses some words differently from those on the British side. The purpose of this page is to provide a list of terms you may run into.

American English British English
elevator lift
restroom loo, w.c. (water closet), toilet
food to go, takeout restaurant takeaway
automobile hood bonnet
automobile trunk boot
advertisement advert
traffic circle roundabout or circus
gasoline petrol
counterclockwise anticlockwise
line (of people) queue
truck lorry
subway underground or tube
flattered, pleased chuffed
movie theater cinema
playhouse theatre
London Blighty (affectionate)
Big Smoke (deprecatory)
cart (dessert cart) trolley
soccer football
football American football
British pound (£) quid
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