Continuing an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 17 such words beginning with the letter 'R'.
Short for "radical", different or interesting, exceptional; synonym for cool.
The metaphorical raincheck is used in the US to indicate that the person "taking the raincheck" regretfully cannot accept the current invitation but would like to be invited to a future event. Stores may "give a raincheck" when they have run out of an advertised item; this is usually a coupon to purchase the item later at the advertised price. In the UK the person "taking the raincheck" may attend an event, but is warning the host that there is a possibility that they may not be able to make it. Both usages are becoming more common in UK English, particularly amongst office workers.
UK (and US) equivalent: railway.
4. Raised pavement marker
Commonly called reflector, Botts' dot, or cat's eye (UK: cat's eye).
To descend on a rope. UK equivalent: abseil.
Member of the National Association of Realtors; as a genericized trademark, any real estate broker or real estate agent. UK equivalent: estate agent.
A cancellation ("This bill would authorize the recision of the adult day health care license"). Now rare in the UK; a different word from rescission.
A toilet, particularly a public one. UK equivalent: Loo.
10. RIF, RIF'd
Abbreviation for Reduction In Force; i.e. to be honorably discharged from employment. UK equivalent: redundancy, made redundant, laid-off, paid-off.
To render muddy by stirring up the dregs of; as, to roil wine, cider, etc., in casks or bottles; to roil a spring; also, to disquiet or disturb (also rile in the sense of "to anger", riled up for "angry")
An unskilled laborer, especially at an oil field, at a circus, or on a ship. Used in the oil industry in the UK.
UK equivalent: terraced house.
14. Rube Goldberg
Absurdly complex machine.
The turnip Brassica napus napobrassica. UK equivalent: swede.
16. RV (recreational vehicle)
British equivalent: camper and/or caravan.
17. RV park
UK equivalent: caravan site.
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