Thursday, December 10, 2015

17 American Words Not Widely Used In the UK that Start with 'T'

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 'T'.

1. Taffy 
A type of chewy candy.

2. Tailpipe 
Exhaust pipe.

3. Takeout 
UK equivalent: takeaway; Scotland & US also: carry-out.

4. Teeter(-totter), teeterboard 
A seesaw.

5. Telecast 
To broadcast by television.

6. Teleprompter 
UK equivalent: autocue.

7. Thru 
Through. An abbreviation mostly used in the fast food industry, as in Drive Thru. Also used in traffic signs ("Thru Traffic Keep Left"; i.e., traffic that is continuing through an interchange rather than exiting should keep to the left) and occasionally road names ("New York State Thruway") and sometimes in newspaper headlines. Seen in the UK at McDonalds, Burger King, etc.

8. Thumbtack 
Short nail or pin with a large, rounded metal head. UK equivalent: drawing pin.

9. Track and field meeting (track meet)
UK equivalent: usually athletics meeting.

10. Trackless trolley 
A trolleybus.

11. Trash 
UK equivalent: Rubbish, waste.

12. Trashcan 
UK equivalent: dustbin, rubbish bin.

13. Travel trailer 
Caravan.

14. Trunk 
Storage space usually over rear wheels of an automobile. UK equivalent: boot.

15. Turn signal 
Direction-indicator lights. UK equivalent: usually indicators; US and UK also blinkers.

16. Two-bits 
Literally, worth 25 cents or a quarter (a bit is an eighth of a dollar); figuratively, worth very little, insignificant (informal). In the UK, the phrase "two bob" exists although this is far more common in London and the south-east. Likewise mickey mouse.

17. Two cents, two cents' worth
An opinion, a piece of one's mind (as in, "I'm gonna go down there and give him my two cents"). UK equivalent: two pence, two penneth, two penn'orth or tuppence worth.

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Laurence Brown is a British man writing his way through the truly bizarre world of America - a place he sometimes accidentally calls home and a place he still hasn't quite figured out after seven years. Thankfully, his journey is made 12% easier by the fact that his accent makes him sound much smarter than he is. For evidence of this, subscribe to his popular Lost in the Pond web series over on YouTube.

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