Thursday, July 17, 2014

8 American Words and Phrases Beginning with 'E' 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 8 such words beginning with the letter 'E'.


1. Eggplant
UK equivalent: aubergine."Eggplant" is common in the Commonwealth outside the United Kingdom.

2. Elephant ear
Deep fried dough covered with cinnamon-sugar. Commonly found at fairs and carnivals.

3. Elevator
UK equivalent: lift.

4. Emergency brake
Brake in motor vehicle operated by a lever used to keep it stationary. Also referred to as an "E-brake". UK (and sometimes US) Equivalent: handbrake.

5. English muffin
UK equivalent: muffin, hot muffin.

6. Eraser
UK equivalent: rubber.

7. Expressway
A type of limited-access road. UK equivalent: motorway.

8. Exurb
The ring of prosperous rural communities beyond the suburbs.

What other U.S. E-words are there? Are there any British E-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+.

1 comment:

vp said...

Expressway is not the same as Motorway (at least as used in my area). An expressway is usually a busy road with multiple lanes in each direction, but interrupted by traffic lights. I usually find it quicker to take smaller roads.

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