27 British Words That Don’t Mean the Same Thing in the U.S.

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27 British Words That Don’t Mean the Same Thing in the U.S.

27 British Words That Don’t Mean the Same Thing in the U.S.

Americans speak English, as do the Brits, but some words that are the same in both countries have famously different meanings. Here are some of our favorite British words paired with their American equivalents — and keep in mind, whatever you do, don’t tell people from the U.K. to sit on their fannies!

British: American

anticlockwise: counterclockwise
biscuit: cookie

jammie-dodgers
bonnet: hood (of a car)
boot: trunk (of a car)
braces: suspenders
bum: butt
bumbag: fanny pack
crisps: chips
fanny: female genitalia
fish finger: fish stick

fish-fingers
footway: sidewalk
garden: yard or lawn
holiday: vacation
hosepipe: garden hose
hundreds and thousands: sprinkles (like used on ice cream)
jumper: sweater

jumper
ladybird: ladybug
lift: elevator
lorry: truck
maths: math

maths
nappy: diaper
petrol: gas
postbox: mailbox
pushchair: stroller
silverside: rump roast
sledge: sled
soya: soy

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