Wednesday, May 14, 2014

17 American Words and Phrases Beginning with 'D' Not Widely Used In The UK

Continuing our series of alphabetised words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 17 such words beginning with the letter 'D'.

1. Deputy or sheriff's deputy
UK equivalent: police constable.

2. Derby (hat)
UK equivalent: bowler.

3. Diaper 
UK equivalent: nappy.

4. Direct deposit 
UK equivalent: giro.

5. Discombobulated
UK (and US) equivalent: discomposed.

6. Dishrag 
UK (and US) equivalent: dishcloth.

7. Dish towel
UK equivalent: tea towel.

8. District attorney
UK equivalent: Crown Prosecutor (England & Wales); Procurator Fiscal (Scotland).

9. Divided highway
UK equivalent: dual carriageway.

10. Doohickey
UK equivalent: wotsit.

11. Downtown
UK equivalent: city centre.

12. Drape, drapes
UK (and US) equivalent: curtain.

13. Driver license, driver's license
UK equivalent: driving licence.

14. Drugstore
UK equivalent: chemist.

15. Drywall
UK equivalent: plasterboard.

16. Dude
UK equivalent: chap, bloke, lad.

17. Dumpster
UK equivalent: skip.

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

This article was written by Laurence Brown. Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a contributor for BBC America and has written for Anglotopia. He is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond and loves nothing more than to share these articles with anglophiles, expats, and other interested parties on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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