Thursday, May 08, 2014

19 American Words and Phrases Beginning with 'C' 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 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

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+.


Christie Michal said...

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

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