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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by kelebek, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. kelebek

    kelebek Active Member

    Having gone to an International school when i was a nipper, I am pretty clued up on Amerilish and the differences between English and American.

    I thought it would be fun (ok, maybe not fun..but interesting?) to start a thread on the differences incase i've missed some.

    There is the obvious ones...

    American: chips
    English: crisps. (Chips in England are fries.)

    American: Movie theatre
    English: Cinema or pictures

    American: Bathroom
    English: Toilet/loo/bog

    American: Eraser
    English: Rubber

    American: Cigarette
    English: Fag (although that does have more than one meaning in both countries)

    American: Trash/Garbage
    English: Rubbish

    American: Cellphone
    English: Mobile phone

    American: Pacifier
    English: Dummy

    American: Sidewalk
    English: Pavement

    American: Sneakers
    English: Trainers (Irish: runners)

    American: Faucet
    English: Tap

    American: Vacation
    English: Holiday

    American: Soccer
    English: Football

    and so on.....

    Pants in England are worn underneath your trousers, just like American panties. While the British may understand what you mean if you speak of 'my baggy pants,' they will likely find the mental image this conjures amusing.

    The funniest one I find is American: fanny which means bum (i believe?) but fanny in English is the female reproductive organ. I still giggle when I hear American tourists talking about their fanny packs.

    Anyone got any other weird or wondrous ones?
  2. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    lol I came across a member of one of my sites mentioning a 'dummy' and I had no clue what it meant until now.

    American: diaper
    English: nappy
  3. kelebek

    kelebek Active Member

    Yep, a dummy is a pacifier, but dummy can also mean a foolish person/silly billy. :D
  4. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    That's all it means here, AFAIK :D
  5. kelebek

    kelebek Active Member

    Nevermind 'Amerilish' I think I need to read up on Internet talk...I sat here for a good 5 minutes (don't know why as Google is my second brain) trying to figure out what AFAIK meant. :cool:

    I once worked in Tourism on a resort on the coast of Turkey, we got lots of American cruise ships in on a daily basis throughout the Summer months. I overheard this very American lady (think socks & sandels, fanny pack, map, broad NY accent...) say to a Turkish man 'DO...YOU...SPEAK...AMERICAN...?' he replied 'No, madam I speak English.' I wanted to take a picture of her face, it was priceless.
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  6. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    American: Attic
    English: Loft
  7. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    I'm mistaken...dummy has a lot of meanings in our English: http://www.google.com/search?q=defi...s=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a
    I had to look it up at one time, as well ;)

    LMFAO...that's hilarious. As if saying it slower like that would make a difference anyway :D
  8. Tungsten

    Tungsten Member

    It's interesting to note however that some of the "English" terms are more common depending on what region of the States you are in and/or to whom you are speaking. Tap, toilet, cinema... all quite common in my experience.
  9. kyrgyz

    kyrgyz Well-Known Member

    American: Truck
    English: Lorry

    American: Mike
    English: Kier
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