American and British English: Differences in Vocabulary: PAGE 3

There is an amazing variety of spelling, meaning, pronunciation, usage, and even punctuation in the English language among the many people who speak it. The two main forms of English are American English and British English. Here is a list of the most common vocabulary differences between American and British English.

US: garbageman/garbage collector   UK: dustman/dustbin man

US: gearshift   UK: gear-lever

US: guy   UK: bloke

US: gas   UK: petrol

US: freeway/highway   UK: motorway

US: to honk   UK: to hoot/to honk

US: hood (car)  UK: bonnet

US: jello   UK: jelly

US: jelly   UK: jam

US: kerosene  UK: paraffin

US: laundromat   UK: laundrette

US: line   UK: queue

US: mail   UK: post

US: motor home   UK: caravan

US: movie theater   UK: cinema

US: muffler   UK: silencer

US: napkin   UK: serviette


  

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