Lost in Translation!

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Hey there!

This week I was thinking about the differences between American- English and British- English.

Okay, I hear some die-hard linguists saying there is no such thing as American-English, it’s just English!  Well, you can relax, this is not supposed to be the definitive guide, just some fun!

On a day-to-day basis, I can’t say that I sit and think about the differences between our speech and that of our allies from across the pond, but my cousin Pamela from America is over on a visit, so this is a mini guide for her, and anyone who wants to share it, should the need arise!

A few examples of the differences are:


Pavement – Sidewalk

Pushchair/Pram -Stroller

Toilet/Loo -Bathroom/washroom/Restroom

Supermarket – Grocery store

Mobile phone – Cell phone

Crisps – Potato chips

Trainers – Sneakers

Petrol – Gas

Tights – Pantyhose

Jam – Jelly

Jumper – Sweater

Trousers – Pants

I could spend all day compiling my own list, but there is a really good website that just about covers all you need to know, at http://london.trusttown.net/british-english-vs-american-english-2016 .

So we know what the differences are, but why do those differences exist?  In a nutshell, the British colonised the Americas and after independence, America decided to take back some of the control with the language.  For the full story, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_American_and_British_English.

This blog has not even been the tip of the iceberg, and at some point in the future, I may decide to write about American and British slang words, so watch this space.

Oh and Happy American Independence Day in a month’s time!

See you later!





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