Friday, January 23, 2015

8 American Words and Phrases Beginning with 'L' 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 'L'.


1. Ladybug
Red, black-spotted beetle. UK equivalent: ladybird.

2. Laundromat
A public place to wash laundry. UK equivalent: laundrette or launderette.

3. Layer cake
UK equivalent: sandwich cake or sandwich.

4. Learner's permit

A restricted license for a person learning to drive, who has not yet passed the necessary driver's test (rules vary from state to state); also called driver's permit. UK equivalent: provisional driving licence.

5. Left field
A source of unexpected or illogical questions, ideas, etc. ("that proposal came out of left field")

6. License plate
Vehicle registration plate. UK equivalent: number plate.

7. Lumber
Wood used for commercial purposes. UK equivalent: timber.

8. Lunch meat
Thinly sliced meat meant for sandwiches. UK equivalent: luncheon meat.


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...

..."12 such words beginning with the letter 'L'." ;)

Laurence M. Brown said...

Well spotted, Anonymous. Fixed.

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