Friday, January 16, 2015

9 American Words and Phrases Beginning with 'J' 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 12 such words beginning with the letter 'J'.

1. Jackhammer
UK equivalent: pneumatic drill.

2. Jane Doe
See John Doe.

3. Jeez 
Minced oath for "Jesus", sometimes spelled geez.

4. Jell-o
(Trademark) gelatin dessert. UK equivalent: jelly.

5. Jock
(Slang) one who is athletic, or dresses primarily in athletic clothing.

6. John
(Slang) a toilet; also, the client of a prostitute. UK equivalent: loo

7. John Doe
Unnamed defendant or victim (as in a lawsuit), or a person whose identity is unknown or is intended to be anonymous; also, an average man. The female equivalent is Jane Doe.

8. John Hancock
A signature (from the name of the President of the Second Continental Congress, who was the first signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and wrote his signature the largest)—"put your John Hancock here." UK equivalent: "put your moniker here".

9. John Q. Public

The common man, typical member of the general public. Also stated as Joe Public, Joe Blow, Joe Schmoe, Joe Six-Pack, Eddie Punchclock, or Joe Lunchbucket. UK equivalent: Joe Bloggs.

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+.

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