Having The Same Meaning, 115 Different Words in British English and American English

WritingSkills.my.id - What is British English? What is American English? What are some examples of the differences? The definition of Briti...

Having The Same Meaning, 115 Different Words in British English and American English

WritingSkills.my.id - What is British English? What is American English? What are some examples of the differences?

The definition of British English and American English is as follows. British English is the language which is used and developed in Great Britain (the original English language). The British English is also known as Received Pronunciation (RP). On the contrary, American English is the language which is used and developed in the United States. The American English is also known as General American (GA).

Below is listed in a table, 115 pairs of words or phrases which are different in British English and American English, but have the same meaning. There are also more detail information about their usage in a sentence. 

Notes:
  • British English (= Briticism/Britishism)
  • American English (= Americanism)

List of Words and Phrases Difference Between British English and American English

No

British English American English Notes

1.

I see, indeed, ...

Well, ...

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2.

portmanteau

traveling bag

-

3.

playfellow

playmate

-

4.

drawing room / reception room

parlor

-

5.

public house

saloon, drinking bar

-

6.

centenary

centennial

-

7.

barber's, hairdresser's

barber shop, tonsorial shop

-

8.

banknote, note

bankbill, bank paper

-

9.

promissory note

note

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10.

cattle

cattle

In American English, "cattle" means "a cow".

11.

holiday, holidays

vacation

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12.

counsellor

counselor

In American English, "counselor" means "a lawyer".

13.

county

county

In American English, "county" means "a district".

14.

cupboard

cupboard

In American English, "cupboard" is for food.

15.

fish-monger

fish dealer

-

16.

gang-board

gang plank

-

17.

gramophone

phonograph, record player

-

18.

guard

conductor

-

19.

huntsman

hunter

-

20.

aerodrome

airdrome, airport

-

21.

armourer

armorer

-

22.

armoured

armored

-

23.

post order, post-office order, postal order

money order, postal money order

-

24.

cinema, kinema, cinematograph, kinematograph

movies, motion picture, moving picture

-

25.

cinematograph, kinematograph

moving picture machine, movie camera

-

26.

post-card

post-card

In American English, "post-card" has a picture on it.

27.

post-card

postal card

-

28.

railway

railroad

-

29.

straight away

right away / right now / right off

-

30.

return ticket

round-trip ticket

-

31.

single ticket

one-way ticket

-

32.

Yours sincerely (Y is uppercase, s is lowercase)

Sincerely yours (S is uppercase, y is lowercase)

-

33.

express delivery

special delivery

-

34.

underground (railway), in London: tube

subway, sub

-

35.

braces

suspenders

-

36.

to tin — tinned — tinned

to can — canned — canned

-

37.

tin opener

can opener

-

38.

room to let

room for rent

-

39.

cock

rooster

-

40.

wireless

radio

-

41.

railway carriage

railroad card

-

42.

ices

ice-cream

-

43.

pail

bucket

-

44.

violent snow-storm, big snow-storm

blizzard

-

45.

improvement

betterment

-

46.

news-stand

news stall

-

47.

news-agent

news dealer

-

48.

admiralty

naval department

-

49.

indecent

nasty

-

50.

letter box, post-box

mailbox

-

51.

constable

policeman

In Great Britain, some people also use the word policeman.

52.

Chief of Constable

Chief of Police

-

53.

plough; to plough

plow; to plow

-

54.

honour

honor

-

55.

councillor

councilor

-

56.

judgement

judgment

-

57.

advertisement

advertizement

-

58.

Exchequer

Treasury (Department)

-

59.

offence

offense

-

60.

liver-sausage

liverwurst

-

61.

quarter of an hour

quarter hour

-

62.

to practise

to practice

-

63.

rubber shoes

rubbers

-

64.

at the butcher's

at the butcher shop

-

65.

sceptic

skeptic

-

66.

sceptical

skeptical

-

67.

scepticism

skepticism

-

68.

dust-bin

garbage can/pail

-

69.

wooden house

frame house

-

70.

match

game

-

71.

wood-chopper, wood-cutter

lumberjack

-

72.

(university) lecturer

assistant professor

-

73

gear lever

gearshift

-

74

jug

pitcher

-

75

to telephone

to phone

-

76

beyond, beside

outside

Examples of phrases using "outside":
outside of the building
outside of the door
outside of his close friends

77

in these circumstances

under these circumstances

-

78

greens

vegetables

-

79

first-year student

freshman

-

80

second-year student

sophomore

-

81

third-year student

junior

-

82

fourth-year student

senior

-

83

old boy: graduate

alumnus

-

84

school

school-house

-

85

aluminium

aluminum

-

86

post-bag

mailbag

-

87

telly

TV

-

88

high street

main street

-

89

corn

grain

-

90

Indian corn

maize, corn

-

91

stores

department store

In Great Britain, the singular form store means warehouse.

92

class-fellow

classmate

-

93

defence

defense

-

94

go off / run off the rails

derail

-

95

contribution

donation

-

96

drapery

dry goods

-

97

leading article, leader

editorial

-

98

shoeblack

bootblack

-

99

Rugby football, rugger football

football

-

100

Hallo. Are you there?

Hello

-

101.

jemmy

jimmy

-

102.

sleeping carriage

sleeping-car, sleeper

-

103.

line, rails

rails

-

104.

to display

to show off

-

105.

dinner jacket

tuxedo (colloquial language: tux)

-

106.

football team

eleven, the eleven

-

107.

devilry

deviltry

-

108.

dressing gown

bathrobe

-

109.

of frost

below zero

Examples:
• It's five degrees of frost.
• It's five degrees below zero.

110.

educationist

educator

-

111.

St. Nicholas

Santa Claus

-

112.

petrol station

gas or filling station

-

113.

again and again, repeatedly

time and again, time and time again

-

114.

store

warehouse

-

115.

lady doctor

woman doctor

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