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American and British English: Differences in Vocabulary: PAGE 4

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: one-way ticket   UK: single ticket

US: overpass   UK: flyover

US: pants   UK: trousers

US: pacifier   UK: dummy

US: parking lot   UK: car park

US: period   UK: full stop

US: pet peeve   UK: pet hate

US: pharmacy (or drugstore)   UK: chemist's shop

US: private school   UK: public school

US: real estate agent   UK: estate agent

US: red hair   UK: ginger hair (gaining popularity in the US)

US: to rent (a car)   UK: to hire (a car)

US: restroom   UK: public toilet

US: resume/CV   UK: CV

US: sedan (car)   UK: saloon

US: semi-trailer   UK: articulated lorry

US: shrimp   UK: prawn


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