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45 words that differ from American to British English

Learning English by oneself is a task that demands dedication and a lot of research on the language. Did you know that there are differences between countries that have English as an official language? Just for you to check this out, SEDA College Online will show you 45 different words that are different from American to British English. Check it out!

The differences between these two can be related to the term used to name the same word, the meaning it has, the pronunciation or the spelling.


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These peculiarities happen because of the dialects that were introduced to the different countries, resulting in their difference. Check the list with the most common terms, used on a daily basis:

American English British English
lawyersolicitor, barrister
appointment bookdiary
for rentto let
apartmentflat
closetwardrobe
quotation marksspeech marks
freewaymotorway
airplaneaeroplane
candysweets
bathroomtoilet
barpub
french frieschips
potato chipscrisps
cookie, crackerbiscuit
eraserrubber
sidewalkpavement, footpath
pantstrousers
guybloke, guy
ridelift
driver’s licensedriving-licence
downtowncity centre, town centre
zipcodepostcode
movie theatercinema
roommateflatmate
doctor’s officesurgery
checking accountcurrent account
intersectioncrossroads
resumecurriculum vitae
apartment buildingblock of flats
elevatorlift
parking lotcar park
drugstorechemist’s
national holidaybank holiday
linequeue
soccerfootball
garbage canbin
garbagebin, litter, rubbish
subwayunderground, tube
one-way ticketsingle ticket
license platenumber plate
tiretyre
front deskreception
pop, sodasoft drink, pop, fizzy drink
busyengaged
tennis, shoes, running shoes, sneakerstrainers

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