As someone who has experienced both British English and American English on a wide scale, I have heard plenty of my fellow Brits lambast Americans for using "made-up words," when "more British" alternatives would apparently suffice. What virtually all of these people do not know is that a lot of these words were in fact coined by the British themselves. Here are 8 such words.
This spelling was coined in 1812 by British chemist Sir Humphrey Davy in his book Elements of Chemical Philosophy.
From Middle English, meaning "the wedge inside a shoe."
Dates back to the First World War. Coined in 1917 by British servicemen in relation to bugs caught in the trenches.
From late middle English, meaning the "the offal of a fowl, giblets, kitchen waste"
An alternate of ladybird, the British replaced bug with bird because of the former's similarity to bugger.
From late 16th century English, meaning "full pause at the end of a sentence."
7. Skim milk
Coined by none other than William Shakespeare in Henry IV, Part I, Act II, Scene iii. In later versions of the script, the phrase became skim'd milk, which is closer to the British phrase skimmed milk.
From the 19th century. Coined by Oxford Univeristy students. An '-er' word that is derived from association football.