Friday, January 02, 2015

10 American Words and Phrases Beginning with 'G' 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 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.


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+.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

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