In honour of Ellen Hawley of Notes from the U.K. and also to acknowledge the diverse multicultural soup here on WP, I couldn’t resist posting this!

Its interesting (well to me) that good Ol’ Australian seems to take some lingo from the Brits, some from the yanks. Go figure.



45 thoughts on “US V UK

      • Renata Fernandes says:

        I find this cultural mix amazing. Had no idea “washing up” meant “doing the dishes”. Most of the English I’ve been learning and using derives from the American, but I worked at a place where the focus was on British English, so I had the chance to learn (then teach) many words that are in your pictures.

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  1. Ellen Hawley says:

    Hey, thanks for that. My only quibble is that runner beans really aren’t the same as string (or green) beans–they’re big honkin’ things by comparison. What I learned to call string beans they call French beans, or fine beans.

    I just couldn’t resist complicating the picture. Sorry.

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  2. Mae Clair says:

    Wow, that’s quite a list. I love things like this and will be sharing your post on Story Empire’s Curated Content this Friday. A lot of these I knew but a good many were surprises.

    With Americans things also get changed up depending on the part of the country. Example: “pavement” in my area would be a “sidewalk.” “Asphalt” or “macadam” would refer to the road surface. I thoroughly love how words translate differently depending on country and region.

    Not too long ago I had to ask one of my British friends what she meant when she referred to “bin” in comments we exchanged on a blog post. I had to smile when I saw it in this infographic. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. kerrymckim says:

    I am an American who did a semester of college (or term of uni) in the UK and I loved reading this. I came back to the States saying everything was brilliant instead of cool. My American friends didn’t know what to think.

    I do think with technology the world is getting smaller and we are more aware of our differences. I see it on a different scale in the US. I remember reading a book by an author that took place in the Deep South and there was a Q & A by teh author adn she was saying that her kids were “less Southern” than she was because they were exposed to the other parts of the US through technology. It will be interesting to see how the world continues to change.

    You should totally do a post on Australian slang. I would be fascinated.

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