It used to amuse me a lot living in London when I’d meet American visitors, who’d assume that we all speak American-English in UK. “Where’s the Elevator ?”
Well, we don’t actually speak American-English, we speak the real original Queen’s English !
The different words and phrases used on either side of the ocean can be very funny. Americans find the differences amusing too, and no I’m not talking about Cockney Rhyming Slang, just ordinary words and phrases.
So I started to learn them when speaking to Americans, and also when I’ve visited the states. Helps me communicate better. There’s some funny faux pas’ that Americans make when in UK, and maybe vice versa … Fanny and Pants for instance 😀
Here’s some examples :
I say Tomah-toe, you say Tomay-toe
I say Lift you say Elevator …
I say Rubbish Bin you say Trash Can …
I say Pavement you say Sidewalk …
I say Rubbish you say Garbage …
I say Petrol you say Gas …
I say Trousers you say Pants … (pants are underwear in UK)
I say Mobile Phone you say Cell Phone …
I say Bum Bag you say Fanny-Pack … (Fanny is a vulgar word in UK – look it up yourself!)
and so on …
My nickname for the whole thing is – “You Say Tomay-toe, I Say Tomah-toe”. Which was brought to mind by the Fred and Ginger tune “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” from their movie “Shall We Dance” (1937) :
SO TODAY … Your mission, should you choose to accept it … tell me some more words or phrases that differ between UK and USA … bonus points will be given for the use of humour/humor, especially potentially embarrassing faux pas’ that may arise 😀
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