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.

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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Hendrik Kasch
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3 years ago

Pommes 🍟

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Sweep the Leg
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3 years 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
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3 years 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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Hazel Waring
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3 years ago

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

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Kübra Topcu
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3 years ago

Tap is easier for me :D

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Hope Floats
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3 years 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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Anna Brandigi
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3 years ago

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

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Anna Brandigi
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3 years ago

Queue is just Q followed by 4 silent letters

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moonsong23
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3 years ago

Or tennis shoes

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Samantha Manley
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3 years 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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Karou Auri
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3 years ago

In the UK you have pubs and bars...they're just slightly different things!

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Anna Brandigi
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3 years ago

Rubbish is more satisfying to say

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LizzyM
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3 years ago

Lift me up Scotty!

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The Cappy
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3 years ago

Actually, just "gas" — which caused translation problems.

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Karou Auri
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3 years ago

This one isn't right really... it will be called something different by almost every other person!

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Pandykinz
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3 years ago

In Australia, I bought tickets to a "torch light tour" only to find out they meant flashlights and not fire torches. Disappointed.

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The Cappy
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3 years ago

Nuance. In USA, holiday tends to refer to the date itself, and vacation refers to what you do with it.

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Samantha Manley
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3 years ago

Lollies.

LizzyM
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3 years ago

That's just a type of sweet isn't it?

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Kayleen Condrick
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3 years ago

Lollies

Plumpapollo
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2 years ago

Clangers

Amy Force
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3 years ago

or "pudding" constitutes as any kind of dessert in UK, where as in US, it's a *TYPE* of dessert. lol

snazZydoddle
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3 years ago

Lollies!

RaynaRay
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3 years ago

Sweets I think dessert, candy, chocolates, cookies, etc. Very broad. Candy is candy

htbq
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3 years ago

japan- ame

Pi...
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3 years ago

Lollipops! Yum yum!

Rosa Greyhound
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3 years ago

Yummy stuffs :) *cheesy grin

Romy Van de Pol
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3 years ago

Netherlands: Snoep

Vitória Barroso
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3 years ago

This doesn't make any scence as you can say ''sweet candy.''

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Joey
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3 years ago

Calls gf "help! I messed up! Theres a dead body in my boot!" Shes gonna pick me up and take me shoe shopping.

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Paula Graham
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3 years ago

A wardrobe is a stand alone piece of furniture and closets are built in. At least where I'm from.

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Anna Brandigi
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3 years ago

shedyool

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Sarah McManus
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3 years ago

Just "dummy"

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Skunk Drunk
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3 years ago

"WE CALL IT FALL BECAUSE LEAF FALL DOWN"

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Julia NotMyLastname
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3 years ago

WAIT YOU GUYS SAY ANTI-CLOCKWISE I hate to be that American but wow I never knew that

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Joey
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3 years ago

You def dont wanna erase your paper with a rubber in the us...thatll get messy

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Jason Hook
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3 years ago

But Jello is a trademarked name. Oddly enough, so are Band-Aid and Kleenex

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Nick Gisburne
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3 years ago

UK overalls would be work clothes covering the body including the arm. Hence 'over all'.

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Lydia Juerss
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3 years ago

Tube or Underground in the UK and really only the London one is called the tube.

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The Cappy
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3 years ago

In USA, they're called taxis more often than cabs.

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Chris Gen
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3 years ago

South Africa: barrister=advocate, solicitor=attorney/lawyer

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Marc Magnee
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3 years ago

Car comes from carriage, used to carry. But now we only call one type of thing a car. So, I suppose parking lot would be more modern. In Australia though, it's still car park.

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Rob Whelan
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3 years ago

In the UK & Ireland we differentiate between a Truck and a Lorry, the image above is of a Lorry but the difference is that a Lorry can never detach its trailer where as a truck can and is usually much bigger than a lorry.

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Brian Byron De Guzman
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3 years ago

In Philippines we use Flyover for vehicles and Overpass as another term for footbridge

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Gaidagh Chapman
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3 years ago

Windowscreen up north!

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Diana CrunChewy Watson
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3 years ago

As an American, whenever I hear about a car's bonnet, I think of a VW donning a frilly nursery hat.

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Loretta Lancaster
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3 years ago

Tire in U.K. Means to be tired, sleepy exhausted. Different spelling very different meaning. Same as - are u shore? Would be wrong. Seashore. And are you sure sure.

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Christina Cats
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3 years ago

in UK, a vest is underwear

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Nick Gisburne
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3 years ago

In the UK you'd only call it a yard if it had some sort of hard surface - stone or paving. If it's mostly plants, it's a garden. Or in my case, I have a jungle :D

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Hope Floats
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3 years ago

This is a little silly as all countries use the words ' mad,crazy,insane...

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Nick Gisburne
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3 years ago

I'd say (in the UK) tin of beans, but would throw away the empty can. Cans of beer though.

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Phishcat
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3 years ago

Canada is either or

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Loretta Lancaster
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3 years ago

Defo an oven with a hob in U.K.

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Star-Light Star-Bright
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3 years ago

But you can go to the post office to get the mail.

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Aunt Messy
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3 years ago

Generally railway refers to a company and the railroad refers to the actual tracks...or so we use it in Canada.

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Rob Whelan
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3 years ago

It's called a Zipper universally, but we thought it would be cool to shorten it to Zip, as in Zip it not Zipper it.

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Ariel
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3 years ago

I find it annoying that 'apartment' seems to have replaced 'flat' in my area of the UK. It is called a flat here, apartment sounds too American.

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Elmer Zinkhann
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3 years ago

Registration's another one

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The Cappy
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3 years ago

"Pavement" is a word in common usage in the USA, but refers more to the substance of the sidewalk. So you can fall and hit the pavement equally well if you are on a sidewalk or in a parking lot.

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Jenny Mason
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3 years ago

You've used a picture of a maid/cleaner which is confusing the issue a little. Binman/dustman applies to garbage collector...the people who come round in a big lorry to empty bins weekly/fortnightly.

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Cristina Predescu
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3 years ago

Pocketbook? Who uses this word in the real world?

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Pippi Halliwell
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3 years ago

Geez, hope they're not going to list all the spelling differences separately in this way. We could be here all night....

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Pippi Halliwell
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3 years ago

We don't have Freeways in the Uk. Just Motorways, A roads and B roads (all of which could have tolls on them, but there arn't that many toll roads (lol, we'd moan like hell). We're not that big a country compared to US, Canada or Australia. I actually thought they were just called Freeways in the US (probably because the dog in Hart to Hart was called Freeway because he was found on the freeway. Geez, I'm showing my age now, lol).

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 years ago

We use both in the UK. Motorcycle sounds a bit more formal.

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 years ago

It's Marvellous Woman!

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Christina Wood
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3 years ago

I still say I'm going to the flicks when I go to the cinema

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Barbara Villegas
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3 years ago

Drapes typically are full-length to the floor

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Luis Milian
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3 years ago

well it depends where in USA...some might say Bodega. lol

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Stu Neville
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3 years ago

Whisky - no 'e' - Scotch. Whiskey with an 'e' - from anywhere else.

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