Top Ten English vs American Words

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English to the left, the other lot on the right. Who has the best words meaning the same thing?

The Top Ten

1 Lift / Elevator

I'm American. I say both. It just matters what mood I'm in. - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter

2 Nappies / Diapers

Nappies sound weird I go for diapers

3 Chips / Fries

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

4 Excellent / Awesome

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

It would be strange for instance to hear a doctor saying " I have an awesome medication for your case " instead " I have an exellent medication for your case ". I think " exellent " is the right word to use.

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5 Pavement / Sidewalk

Why can't they both reconcile and call it a 'junksty'? Just curious... It sounds a bit more classier. - HezarioSeth

6 Boot / Trunk

Is this about a shoe or a box?

7 Rubbish / Trash

Throw in the Canadian: garbage. I like rubbish. - PetSounds

We say garbage in Oregon and Cali

8 Autumn / Fall

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

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9 Father Christmas / 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.
"Father Christmas!
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

10 Series / Season

Really annoys me when my idiot brother says "Season 2..." of something. - Britgirl

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.

In Canada, we would use "series" to refer to the entire set of seasons of a given T.V. show.

It would be more logic to say " series 1, series 2,... than " season 1, season 2,... As far as I know, seasons are related to the four seasons. Why should a T.V. serie be related to that?

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Crisps / Chips
12 Maths / Math

I don't know why, but this really drives me spare. No offense to anyone, but "Math" just doesn't sound right. - PositronWildhawk

Wait you call it maths? That just sounds weird... - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter

Is maths a short word for "mathematics"? - creed99

And here I am thinking that maths was just a Internet phrase like 'meh' or 'nao'. - RiverClanRocks

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13 Football / Soccer

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

American FOOTBALL RULES! I MEAN SERIOUSLY, THE CLOCK GOING UP NEVER GOING DOWN IN SOCCER. YOU SCORE WAY MORE POINTS IN American FOOTBALL. SOCCER SMELLS LIKE DIRTY STINKY ROTTEN CRAPPY SOCKS! ! IF YOU DISAGREE CHANGE YOUR MIND! GO TO AN American FOOTBALL GAME, GO TAILGATING! IT'S NOT JUST THE GAME IT'S THE FESTIVITIES TOO! - OhioStateBuckeyes

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14 Friend / Buddy

In America, we say both all the time. - funnyuser

15 Z (Zed) / Z (Zee)

The UK pronounces it "Zed" but it would sound so ridiculous saying "I love Zed Zed Top." - Britgirl

16 Philosopher's Stone / Sorcerer's Stone

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

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17 Arse / Ass

In america even " Ass " becomes obsolete. They prefer the " strange ugly sounding " booty now. Whatever that means?

18 Yanks / Americans

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?

19 Cinema / Theater

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.

20 Full Stop / Period

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. :(

21 Mum / Mom

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

22 Dustbin / Trash can
23 Holiday / Vacation
24 Film / Movie

Both countries use both of these words.

25 Loft / Attic

I'm British and I don't think I've ever said loft.

26 Dummy / Pacifier
27 Postman / Mailman
28 Caravan / Trailer
29 Flannel / Wash Cloth
30 Ground Floor / 1st Floor

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?

31 Lorry / Big Rig
32 Loo / Bathroom

That's what that word means... - funnyuser

33 Tap / Faucet
34 Jelly / Jello
35 Jam / Jelly

Merica has jam too but they are definitely. jam is softer than jelly - thebounty

36 Biscuit / Cookie
37 Sweets / Candy
38 Courgette / Zucchini
39 Tube / Subway
40 Aubergine / Eggplant
41 Angry / Mad
42 Frosties / Frosted Flakes
43 Underarm / Armpit

Actually both countries say armpit

44 Underground / Subway
45 Shed / Outhouse
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1. Father Christmas / Santa Claus
2. Excellent / Awesome
3. Chips / Fries
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1. Lift / Elevator
2. Nappies / Diapers
3. Excellent / Awesome
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1. Lift / Elevator
2. Chips / Fries
3. Nappies / Diapers
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