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.
(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)
A powered fixed-wing aircraft. (UK equivalent: aeroplane)
(UK equivalent: aluminium)
Military vehicle used in World War II (not to be confused with Amtrak, the passenger railroad corporation)
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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