British and American English: 200+ Differences Illustrated

Learn extensive list of 200+ Differences between British and American English with pictures.

American English is the form of English used in the United States. British English is the form of English used in the United Kingdom.

British and American English

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Part II

British vs. American English: Clothes

  • Bonnet —–<>—– Hat
  • Bootlace, Shoelace —–<>—– Shoestring
  • Clothes peg —–<>—– Clothespin
  • Dressing Gown —–<>—– Bath Rope
  • Dungaress —–<>—– Overalls
  • Nappy —–<>—– Diaper
  • Underwear, Knickers —–<>—– Underwear, Panties
  • Plimsolls, Gym Shoes —–<>—– Gym Shoes
  • Polo Neck —–<>—– Turtle Neck
  • Pyjamas —–<>—– Pajamas
  • …..

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British and American English: Food & Kitchen

  • Aubergine —–<>—– Eggplant
  • Beetroot —–<>—– Beet
  • Biscuit —–<>—– Cookie
  • Black Treacle —–<>—– Molasses
  • Broad Bean —–<>—– Lima Bean
  • Chips —–<>—– French Fries
  • Cling Film —–<>—– Plastic Wrap
  • Cooker —–<>—– Range, Stove
  • Courgette —–<>—– Zucchini
  • Coriander—–<>—– Cilantro
  • Crisps —–<>—– (Potato) Chips

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British vs. American English: Transportation

  • A single ticket —–<>—– One way ticket
  • Aeroplane —–<>—– Airplane
  • Bonnet —–<>—– Hood
  • Boot —–<>—– Trunk
  • Crossroads —–<>—– Intersection, crossroads
  • Diversion —–<>—– Detour 
  • Driving Licence —–<>—– Driver’s License
  • Dual Carriageway —–<>—– Divided Highway
  • Estate car —–<>—– Station Wagon

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British and American English: Education

  • A Mark —–<>—–  A grade, Point
  • (Academic) Staff —–<>—– Faculty
  • Autumn Term —–<>—– Fall Semester
  • College High School —–<>—– High School
  • Exam —–<>—– Test
  • ….

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British and American English: Home and Building

  • Bath —–<>—– Bath Tub
  • Bin/ Dust Bin —–<>—– Trash Can
  • Block of Flats —–<>—– Apartment Building, Apartment House
  • Bungalow —–<>—– One Story House
  • Bureau De Change —–<>—– Currency Exchange
  • Chemist’s Shop —–<>—– Drugstore

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British and American English: Miscellaneous

  • Anti Clockwise  —–<>—– Counter-Clockwise
  • Autumn —–<>—– Fall
  • Car Boot Sale —–<>—– Garage Sale
  • Caretaker —–<>—– Janitor
  • Cashier —–<>—– Teller
  • Chap —–<>—– Guy
  • Dear —–<>—– Expensive
  • Draughts —–<>—– Checkers
  • Draw —–<>—– Tie
  • Mum, Mummy—–<>—– Mom, Mommy, Ma
  • Nil (Sport) —–<>—– Nothing, Zero
  • Noughts and Crosses —–<>—– Tic Tac Toe
  • Mate —–<>—– Buddy
  • A Full Stop —–<>—– A Period
  • An Exclamation Mark —–<>—– An Exclamation Point
  • Round Brackets —–<>—– Parentheses
  • Square Brackets —–<>—– Brackets
  • Curly Brackets —–<>—– Curly Braces
  • Cling Film —–<>—– Plastic Wrap
  • Dummy for Baby —–<>—– Pacifier
  • Sweets —–<>—– Candy
  • Rubbish —–<>—– Garbage (Trash)
  • Drawing-pin —–<>—– Thumb tack
  • Dustbin —–<>—– Trash can
  • Chemist’s —–<>—– Drugstore/ Pharmacy

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British and American English: 200+ Differences Illustrated

200+ Differences between British and American English with pictures

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8 responses on "British and American English: 200+ Differences Illustrated"

  1. Grace Alessandra NatashaAugust 16, 2018 at 1:07 pmReply

    I love for source of learning.

  2. Some of this is not so black and white as you are presenting it

    Technically in school Recess is where you get to maybe go outside and kick the soccer ball around or go to the gym and shoot a few hoops. Break is more like you get a chance to use the restroom drink some water and collect your thoughts.
    Recess is at least 20 minutes Break is 10-15 minutes.

    Tap and Faucet are both understood in the US Tap is used regionally in some places in others you never hear it

    In the kitchen pitcher and jug are used interchangeably, though generally a jug has a narrower mouth.

    A spring onion is one particular type of green onion. A spring onion normally has a single bulb.
    A shallot which is also a green onion has several multiple bulbs they are different and they taste different.

    A garden is a specific area within the yard that vegetables are grown. the yard is the whole. including that, the grass the patio etc

    Shoelace Shoestring that one is pretty much interchangeable
    Boot lace is longer, specifically long enough for an over the ankle boot

    Reception-Front desk, again mostly interchangeable

    Film-movie
    A film can be a short clip, like what was used in a Television News broadcast in the pre-satellite pre-internet days a movie suggests a feature length piece

    A care taker has more responsibilities than a janitor He/she is someone to whom you can entrust your mountain home to when you are back in the city For a business a caretaker is more like a facilities manager. Well beyond a janitor

    I had to learn the British spellings but not so much the British expressions because right after high school I dated a Canadian for a while. this was before cell phones and texting, but she was a note-writer. Would drop short notes where she knew I would find them

  3. This article helped me so much with school! Thank you for making this! This also makes Harry Potter a lot easier to read.

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