Thursday, April 17, 2014

7 American Words and Phrases Beginning with 'A' not Widely Used In the UK

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)

What other U.S. A-words are there? Are there any British A-words not widely used in America? Let us know in the comments below.

Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a contributor for BBC America and has written for Anglotopia and Smitten by Britain. Having graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in English Language and Creative Writing, Laurence runs this blog, Lost In The Pond, charting the endless cultural and linguistic differences between Britain and The United States. 

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