Thursday, October 15, 2015

8 American Words Not Widely Used In the UK that Start with 'N'

Continuing an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 8 such words beginning with the letter 'N'.

1. Narc
Law enforcement narcotics agent.

2. New York minute
Colloquial word meaning quickly. UK equivalent: jiffy.

3. Nightcrawler
Earthworm or worm.

4. Nightstand
UK equivalent: bedside table

5. Nightstick
A police officer's weapon. UK equivalent: truncheon.

6. Nix
Cancel.

7. Non-profit
In the United States, an organization that invests surplus income from its business activities to further its aims or mission statement, rather than return it to shareholders. There is a legal definition in the US (having 501(c) status), for which there is no direct equivalent in Britain. The term would include, but would not be restricted to all registered charities in Britain; for example, building societies would also be considered non-profits in the United States.

8. Normalcy
Normality. Used, although not coined, by President Warren G. Harding ("a return to normalcy", Harding's 1920 presidential campaign slogan).

This article was written by Laurence Brown. Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana, and writes for BBC America and 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 YouTube.

1 comment:

Jennifer C said...

A nightcrawler is a type of earthworm that grows to at least six inches long and is colored red. Fishermen love to use nightcrawlers as bait, and will lay boards,cardboard, etc., on the ground before a heavy rain, then go harvest the nightcrawlers while the ground is still saturated, before they can return to the soil. The common earthworm is shorter and is an earthy brown color.

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