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Continuing our series of alphabetised words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 19 such words beginning with the letter 'c'.

1. Caboose 
UK equivalent: guard's van' or brake van'

2. Canadian bacon 
UK equivalent: back bacon.

3. Candy apple, Candied apple 
UK equivalent: toffee apple

4. Canola 
UK equivalent: rapeseed oil

5. Careen (verb: to travel fast and out of control)
UK equivalent: career

6. Cell phone, cellphone
UK equivalent: mobile phone, mobile

7. ChapStick
UK equivalent: lip balm

8. Checkers
UK equivalent: draughts

9. Checking account 
UK equivalent: current account or cheque account

10. Cilantro
UK equivalent: coriander

11. Cleats
UK equivalent: football boots, rugby boots

12. Conniption (fit)
UK equivalent: temper tantrum, benny

13. Condo
UK equivalent: commonhold

14. Cooties
UK equivalent: lurgy, germs

15. Costume party 
UK equivalent: fancy-dress party

16. Cotton candy 
UK equivalent: candy floss

17. Counterclockwise 
UK equivalent: anti-clockwise

18. Coveralls 
UK equivalent: overalls, boiler suit

19. Cremains 
UK equivalent: remains, ashes

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Laurence Brown is a British man documenting his life in the truly bizarre and beautiful world of America. Before the end of the decade, he plans to achieve his goal of visiting all 50 United States - highlighting each one in Lost in the Pond's Finding America web series. To help fund this exciting project, consider becoming a patron. Your contribution would be incredibly useful.


  1. interesting stuff! i must say that candy/candied apples aren't the same thing as toffee apples, but all of them are delish!

  2. These kind of courses are very important to the society that we live in if these kind of courses were start before the situation was much batter

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  3. Grew up in California and rockies...
    18. Never heard of coveralls or boiler suit. Only called them overalls. 
    19. Also never heard of cremains. Only used both UK equivalents interchangeably. 

    Totally a fan of your YouTube channel.


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