This page is a cross cultural reference work for UK visitors to the USA or USA visitors to the UK. Studying the contents of this before travelling will avoid bafflement and/or embarassment.



Information will be added to the page as it is supplied. If you are searching for the definition of a word not listed, then please feel free to pose a question to me. I will try to answer all queries. If you have an amusing or unusual way words are used on both sides of the pond, then quote it to me and I will consider its addition to the page.



American words translated into English For UK visitors to the USA to make sense of what you come across on your travels.

English words translated into American For USA visitors to the UK or for USA people dealing with baffled UK visitors in the USA.

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American word or phrase
English translation
Aluminum Aluminium
Apartment Flat
Automobile Car
Baggage Luggage
Base board Skirting board
Beauty Salon Hairdresser
Broom Sweeping brush
Broil Grill
Bum Tramp
Bus Depot Bus Station
Cab Taxi
Candy Sweets
Catsup Tomatoe Sauce
Check Bill
Checkers Draughts
Closet Cupboard
Cookies Biscuits
Chips Crisps
De-Plane Get off the aeroplane
Diaper Nappy
Drapes Curtains
Eggplant Aubergine
Eraser Rubber
Fanny Bum, bottom
Fall Autumn
Faucet Tap
First floor Ground floor
Fries or French Fries Chips
Front desk Reception
Garter Belt Suspenders
Gas (gasoline) Petrol (petroleum)
Grocery store Supermarket
Happy Holidays Happy Christmas
Hood (of a car) Bonnet
Icebox Refrigerator
Jelly Jam
Jello Jelly
Jumpers Dungarees
Lawyer Solicitor
Liquor store Off license
Movie Theatre Cinema
Muffler Silencer
Napkin Serviette
Odometer Mileometer
Pantie Hose Tights
Pants Trousers
Pavement Road surface
Pharmacist Chemist
Pig in a blanket Sausage roll
Pissed Fed up, angry
Realtor Estate Agent
Rest room(s) Toilet
Rubber Condom
Run (in nylons/stockings/tights) Ladder (in nylons/stockings/tights)
Scallion Spring onion
Scotch tape Cellotape
Second floor (see also first floor) First floor
Sidewalk Pavement
Soda Carbonated (fizzy) drink
Suspenders Braces
Sweater Jumper
Thumb tack Drawing pin
Trunk (of a car) Boot
Vacation Holiday
Windsheild Windscreen
Wrench Spanner
Yard Garden

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English word or phrase
American translation
Aluminium Aluminum
Aubergine Eggplant
Autumn Fall
Bill Check
Biscuits Cookies
Boot (of a car) Trunk
Bonnet (of a car) Hood
Braces Suspenders
Bus Station Bus Depot
Car Automobile
Cellotape Scotch tape
Chemist Pharmacist
Chips French Fries
Cinema Movie Theatre
Condom Rubber
Crisps Chips
Cupboard Closet
Curtains Drapes
Draughts Checkers
Drawing pin Thumb tack
Dungarees Jumpers
Estate Agent Realtor
First floor (see also Ground floor) Second floor
Flat Apartment
Garden Yard
Gents, as in
"where are the Gents please?"
Mens room, Mens rest room
Grill Broil
Ground floor First floor
Hairdresser Beauty Salon
Holiday Vacation
Jam Jelly
Jelly Jello
Ladder (in nylons/stockings/tights) Run (in nylons/stockings/tights)
Ladies, as in
"where are the Ladies please?"
Womens rest room
Luggage Baggage
Mileometer Odometer
Motorway Freeway
Nappy Diaper
Off license Liquor store
Pavement Sidewalk
Petrol (petroleum) Gas (gasoline)
Pissed Drunk, inebriated
Reception Front desk
Road Surface Pavement
Rubber Eraser
Sausage roll Pig in a blanket
Serviette Napkin
Silencer Muffler
Skirting board Base board
Solicitor Lawyer
Spanner Wrench
Spring onion Scallion
Supermarket Grocery store
Suspenders Garter Belt
Sweeping brush Broom
Sweets Candy
Tap Faucet
Taxi Cab
Tights Pantie Hose
Toilet Rest room, Bathroom
Tomatoe Sauce Catsup
Tramp Bum
Trousers Pants
Windscreen Windsheild

Information will be added to the page as it is supplied. If you are searching for the definition of a word not listed, then please feel free to pose a question to me. I will try to answer all queries. If you have an amusing or unusual way words are used on both sides of the pond, then quote it to me and I will consider its addition to the page.



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