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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 10 such words beginning with the letter 'G'.

1. Garbage
UK equivalent: rubbish

2. Garbage can
UK equivalent: dustbin or bin.

3. Gasoline (gas)
UK equivalent: petrol.

4. General delivery
UK equivalent: poste restante.

5. GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter)
UK equivalent: Residual-current device (RCD), or colloquially, breaker.

6. Green thumb
UK equivalent: green fingers.

7. Grifter
A con artist, transient swindler, or professional gambler. UK equivalent (also used in US): con man.

8. Grits
A maize (sweetcorn) porridge common in the southern U.S. and relatively unknown in the UK.

9. Ground beef
UK equivalent: minced beef, or just mince.

10. Grunt
Slang for infantryman. UK equivalent: squaddie.

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  1. #5--we call them breakers, or circuit breakers too! I never heard GFCI before.

  2. My grandparents said rubbish when I was young. They were German not English.


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