Top Ten English vs American WordsEnglish to the left, the other lot on the right. Who has the best words meaning the same thing?
The Top Ten
I'm American. I say both. It just matters what mood I'm in. - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter
Nappies sound weird I go for diapers
This is my Fave English Vs American word because it's Something I've heard very often!
Britgirl I Love this List for 2 reasons
#1 It's a New List made by my Amazing Friend
#2 It helps Because I'm Canadian & I don't know all the British words very well so thank you for Teaching me! - Curti2594
It's pretty confusing. In Britain, fires are chips, chips are crackers, crackers are biscuits (I think) which are dog treats in the USA. Confusing! - PolishGuy
Excellent! Awesome makes my teeth itch. - Britgirl
I say both all the time. - moonwolf
Yeah! Excellent is far better than awesome. - Fan_of_Good_Music
Awesome. Because it sounds more Awesome. - nintendofan126
Why can't they both reconcile and call it a 'junksty'? Just curious... It sounds a bit more classier. - HezarioSeth
In Australia, we say 'footpath'. - ParasN2000
Is this about a shoe or a box?
Throw in the Canadian: garbage. I like rubbish. - PetSounds
We say garbage in Oregon and Cali
I'm American and say autumn because I find fall incorrect for some reason. I mean fall is an action not a season. - happyhappyjoyjoy
I say both sometimes. I'm from the country so I say Fall a lot. - funnyuser
Personally, I think Autumn sounds better - JandS3000
I find it better to say Autumn. - cosmo
Because Father Christmas was before Santa Claus was made up. Father Christmas was originally a man in green robes who performed for adults and then Americans invented Santa Claus.
I have one question why do British call him father Christmas it's not like Saint Nicolas gave birth to Christmas. - FrankP
I didn't know that Santa Claus is called Father Christmas in the UK. Santa Claus is the best! - Fan_of_Good_Music
Like the Kinks song.
Give us the money!
We don't have time for your silly toys!
We'll beat you up if you don't hand it over! "
yeah, it's about Santa being robbed. - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak
Season is a set of episodes; series is a set of seasons. I'm suprised to find that the british (with how strict and picky they are with grammar/spelling) would have this big of a mistake as a common error.
Really annoys me when my idiot brother says "Season 2..." of something. - Britgirl
In Canada, we would use "series" to refer to the entire set of seasons of a given T.V. show.
In britian series and season are the same things for the T.V. - Harri666
I don't know why, but this really drives me spare. No offense to anyone, but "Math" just doesn't sound right. - PositronWildhawk
Is maths a short word for "mathematics"? - creed99
Wait you call it maths? That just sounds weird... - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter
I blame imported television that are now making people say "Math". It is my pet peeve.
I personally like American football. But I have to agree on why they named it football? I mean, most of the time they don't even use their feet. Heck, it would make more sense if they called it hand ball! - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter
There's always arguments about these words. Football vs Soccer.
I do love Football & soccer sucks! - Fan_of_Good_Music
WE HAD FOOTBALL FIRST! American football is just a stupid copy of rugby. - Money1208
No it's not. Look at your facts. They both came from the same sport that would be unrecognizable to the modern fan. Soon, the sport split into two, rugby and American football. It is incorrect to say either came first because they both came from a distant ancestor. - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter
In America, we say both all the time. - funnyuser
The UK pronounces it "Zed" but it would sound so ridiculous saying "I love Zed Zed Top." - Britgirl
Reminds me of a boy who knew some magic and was chased by a Hitler type guy throughout the series (and I won't say season). He was considered awesome (correction: excellent. Don't feel right saying awesome here) by the magicians of this magical world. When he was just a baby and thus wore nappies (so cute! Diapers doesn't sound right for a cute little baby), the hitler guy attacked him with his wand. The story is too long for me so I just end it here.
The author of this story is someone who would often say the words belonging to the left side.
Who is the winner? - Kiteretsunu
They're used interchangeably in the US, but honestly I never heard Sorcerer's Stone until after Harry Potter
Its called the sorcerers stone in america? - Harri666
I mean, we're stupid, but not that stupid! - keycha1n
In america even " Ass " becomes obsolete. They prefer the " strange ugly sounding " booty now. Whatever that means?
I’m British and only posh idiots say arse. I say ass.
This list is about the differences, not about if you know or don't know the meaning. Even Americans know what yanks are plus insult? I say : Yankee, go home!
Even Americans know what yanks are dummy. - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter
Didn't Yank come from a song?
In Britain, theatre means the exhibit for a play. Cinema is the exhibit for a film. When you call both a theatre, it's weird. - PositronWildhawk
I usually say cinema because I find it easier. It's a similar word to "cine", which means "cinema/theater" in Spanish.
Before anyone giggles, this refers to the point at the end of the sentence. Not the other meaning. - PositronWildhawk
My full stop has come around again. :(
It's really the difference with the accents that has affected the spelling of the word. - PositronWildhawk
Mum's better than Mom, but Mama's the best! - Fan_of_Good_Music
Both countries use both of these words.
I'm British and I don't think I've ever said loft.
Both sound equally holy
I didn't know that. We are saying ground floor and 1st floor for the " 1st " floor above the groundfloor what's logical. Even the mail-boxes are numbered in relation with the groundfloor. If you live at streetnumber 36 for instance the mail-boxes would indicate for the groundfloor " 36 ", for the 1st floor " 36A or 36 /1 ", for the second floor " 36B or 36 /2 " and so on. If the 1st floor have for example more than one habitants it would be " 36 /1A ", " 36 /1B "... I wonder how it works in America?
That's what that word means... - funnyuser
Merica has jam too but they are definitely. jam is softer than jelly - thebounty
Actually both countries say armpit