Thursday, April 17, 2014

7 American Words Not Widely Used In Britain | A

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Kicking off an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the US that are not widely used in the UK, here are 7 words from American English that don't usually see the light of day across the Pond.

1. Acclimate
(Verb) (UK equivalent: acclimatise)

2. Acetaminophen (or Tylenol)
(UK equivalent: paracetamol)

3. Affirmative action  
Providing opportunities in education or work based on race or gender (UK equivalent: positive discrimination)

4. Airplane
A powered fixed-wing aircraft. (UK equivalent: aeroplane)

5. Aluminum
(UK equivalent: aluminium)

6. Amtrac
Military vehicle used in World War II (not to be confused with Amtrak, the passenger railroad corporation)

7. Ass
Slang expression, meaning backside (UK equivalent: arse)


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