Thursday, October 22, 2015

6 American Words Not Widely Used In the UK that Start with 'O'

Continuing an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 6 such words beginning with the letter 'O'.

 1. Obligated
Archaic in the UK. UK equivalent: obliged.

2. Off-the-rack
Clothes bought straight from a store. UK equivalent: off-the-peg.

3. Oftentimes
Archaic in Britain but colloquial in America, especially clause-initially. UK (and US) equivalent: often.

4. Ornery
Irritable, crotchety, cranky, troublemaking (from ordinary); very mild and may situationally be used affectionately.

5. Ouster
Ousting, overthrow ("the ouster of a regime"; "the ouster of the CEO").


6. Overpass *
UK (and US) equivalent: flyover.


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1 comment:

Ian Robinson said...

I remember the first time I used the word ornery (North American informal Bad-tempered or difficult to deal with).
I was in the third year at Sowerby Bridge Grammar School, during an English lesson as I wrote some lyrics from the Jim Reeves song, 'The Blizzard' ... Dan get up you ornery cuss ....

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