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
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!