July 13, 2007 11:03pm CST
In my early teens, my English teacher, a British lady raised in Argentina, used to remark the differences between American and British English, not only in spelling but also in different words used each side of the Atlantic Ocean. The following are only part of those I remember. I'd like you to add more. Aussies, Kiwis and Kanooks are also wellcome. :)
• United States
14 Jul 07
I'm big fan of British bands and they're constantly using words that I don't know! I also had a best friend who lived in Ireland and we had misunderstandings all the time. LOL. It is really funny when we come between these language barriers, when they're in essence the same language! Haha. Lemme see if I can remember some... U.S = UK (meanings) Sidewalk = Footpath Movie = Film Potato Chips = Crisps French Fries = Chips Soda/Coke = Pop/fizzy drink Sweater = Jumper Billboard = hoarding Stroller = Pram Store = Shop Diapers = Nappies Candy = Sweets Gas = Petrol Suspenders = braces Crazy = mad Mail/mailman/mailbox = post/postman/postbox Garbage = rubbish Bar = pub There's so much more, I can't remember! As for spelling, I don't remember much.. US = UK Center = Centre Favorite = Favourite Color = Colour Yeah, that's all I remember. I'm so thankful for my Irish friend, I'd be lost when I went to Europe if it weren't for him teaching me so much! Heheh!
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14 Jul 07
Your list is much longer than the one I was supposed to add to my discussion, but I forgot to. I would mention also: (British/American) lift/elevator; aeroplane/airplane; bachelor/single; Jimmie,Johnnie/Jimmy,Johnny; theatre/theater; autumn/fall; don't mention it/you're wellcome.