The UK and the USA were once referred to by George Bernard Shaw as "two countries divided by a common language". To this day, Brits and Americans continue to misunderstand and confuse each other. Thankfully, Grammar Check has put together a handy infographic comparing 63 British words to their American counterparts, and it needs to go viral for the sake of communication.


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A lot has changed since British explorers brought a funny language called English to the New World over 400 years ago, and the USA is quite proud of the unique accents and identities they've carved out for themselves. The trickiest part is the vocabulary, as some British words came to take on different meanings in the States, while others never made it over the pond to begin with. Have a look at some of the best examples below, and check out a similar diagram from the US State Department here.

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Sweep the Leg 4 days ago

I'm happy to be American, but it really is ridiculous that we call it soccer when the rest of the world says football, or futball, or all the other variations I heard during my years of travel.

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Gaidagh Chapman 4 days ago

ALUMINIUM! WORCESTERSHIRE! MAGDELAIN COLLEGE OXFORD! It's a minefield of vocabular snobbery that makes the unique difference. Proud to be British but hate the pretensions!

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Hope Floats 4 days ago

I think I'd rather walk out of a shop in 'trousers' then ' pants'.. Considering in the UK,' pants' are generally men's underwear!!

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Kübra Topcu 4 days ago

Tap is easier for me :D

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Anna Brandigi 4 days ago

The word crisp moves from the back of your mouth to the front as you say it

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Hazel Waring 4 days ago

We also have cookies, they're just very different from biscuits!

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Anna Brandigi 4 days ago

Queue is just Q followed by 4 silent letters

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Samantha Manley 4 days ago

It is a description based on the fact the fabric has a "nap" ie fibres that stick up but in the case of this material don't lay in a certain direction & doesn't have the meaning tied to hair & race that it does in the US (at least that I'm aware of). When I moved to the USA. I was very confused the first time I heard someones hair described as nappy.

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