We have covered an article on on Common American English words used in daily life vs British English equivalents.
We will expand more on the ones that we have missed in that article like some commonly used vegetables, some of the things around traffic, etc. I am not trying to write a dictionary or anything here. Just trying to share few more words that I thought were different to me since I came to US.
Feel free to add your words in the comments, that I have missed so that we have a good collection. I will add it to the article.
Common words in Daily routine/ activities
|American English word||British English equivalent||Explanation and usage.|
|Cilantro||Coriander||When you go to buy vegetables, you have to look for cilantro leaves|
|Grocery Store||Super Market||You find vegetables and all the house supplies in a typical grocery store. It can be used synonymous with super market.|
|Restaurant||Hotel||In US, Hotel means the place you stay for night like Marriot.|
|Cross Walk||Zebra Crossing||The path for crossing roads at Traffic lights|
|Traffic Lights||Traffic Signal||In US, they use the word Traffic lights or Just the word Lights to refer to Traffic Signal|
|Soda||Cold Drink||Soda refers to anything like Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, etc|
|Okra||Lady Finger||Typically you look for Okra in a Grocery store.|
|Egg plant||Brinjal||If you use brinjal, people in US do not understand. So, use Egg plant|
|Peanuts||Ground nuts||Peanuts are common snack and it is also used in phrases too. Like “that income is just peanuts”. It means very less.|
|Grade / Percent||Marks||You do not see professors using the word Marks at all. They use either percent or grade.|
|Sidewalk||Pavement / Foot path||You walk to home on sidewalk in American English.|
|Battery||Cell / Cells||You use batteries for charging. In US, they do not understand if you refer cell. They think cell phone.|
|Eraser||Rubber||To erase stuff written by pencil you use Eraser in US. Rubber means Condom in America. Do not ask someone in class, “I need rubber”. People will look at you and say What ?|
|Mixer / Blender||Mixi or Mixie||You use the word mixer or Blender in US to refer to mixi. It is used for mixing flour, blending, etc|
|Refrigerator||Fridge||I have never seen anyone use Fridge. They use Freezer or Refrigerator to store vegetables and freezer to make ice or store frozen vegetables.|
|Bell pepper||Capsicum||The big green pepper / chili you cook !|
|Chili||In US, Chili is a dish made of ground beef, chili powder, tomatoes and beans. Be careful about the context of usage.|
|Jalapenos||Green Chili||Green Chili are referred to as Jalapenos. They are a little bigger than regular green chili.|
|Sneakers||Tennis Shoe / Sports Shoe||Sneakers are often used to refer to running shoes in US.|
|Tortilla||It is like chapatti made of wheat or corn flour, but primarily of Mexican origin. Pronounced as Tortia.|
|Bubbler||Drinker Water Fountain||Bubbler is a just a water fountain that provides drinking water in public places. You do not use Glass or anything. You just drink off the fountain.|
|Pills||Tablets||in US, you take pills if you are sick. It could be for common cold or allergies, etc|
|Pants||Trousers||You buy a pair of pants in US. There is no Jeans pant, you just refer as Jeans|
|Clippers||Nail Cutter||You cut your nails by clippers in US|
There are many other fun words and comparisons added by our readers in comments. I suggest you check out the comments below.
If you can think of any other common American words that are different from British English, just add them as comments. I will write an article on some common American phrases sometime that I thought were new to me.