American English vs. British English- What Slang Is Cooler?

21 Mar

You can obviously tell from my spelling of the word color and my hatred of Canada that I am American. (Just joking, I love Canadians like I love kittens!) The United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and South Africa have different accents, slang, and spelling than the United States. Today, I am going to shed light on some of the words/slang they say in the United Kingdom and the commonly accepted equivalent in the United States.

British American
Lift Elevator
Boot Trunk
Jumper Sweater
Pavement Sidewalk
Chav The Situation
Parliament Congress (AKA Crazies)
Fine Arts Museum Public Porn
Touch Wood Knock On Wood (That’s what she said!)
Aeroplane Airplane, have to wait 5 hours to get on one

I think I’m just helping the stereotype that Americans are uncultured idiots. Not all of us are like that and people in other countries fit the “stupid” mold and are ignorant about other countries. I met a Canadian once that thought the United States had 52 states (I know Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories). I also once met someone from the UK that thought Maryland to Colorado was a short driving distance (long story). I guess we’re all idiots, eh? (See, I like Canadians! 😛 )

:mrgreen: Sara :mrgreen:



2 Responses to “American English vs. British English- What Slang Is Cooler?”

  1. Amy April 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    Too funny that I’m reading through your posts and this is the stuff that I bring up and get blank stares and crickets chirping. I had the desire one day to start switching “er” to “re” in every random word with an er just for the heck of it to mimic the “theatre” & “centre” british logic.

    • Sara April 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

      I have a problem with theater and theatre. It doesn’t help that I had a middle school english teacher who used both for whatever odd reason. Maybe he just wanted to screw me up for the rest of my life?

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