Thursday, January 07, 2016

3 American Words Not Widely Used In the UK that Start with 'U'

Continuing an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 3 such words beginning with the letter 'U'.


1. Undershirt 
An upper undergarment with no collar, and with short or no sleeves, worn next to the skin under a shirt. Known as a semmit in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

2. Upscale 
Relating to goods targeted at high-income consumers. UK equivalent: upmarket.

3. Uptown 

(In, to, toward, or related to) either the upper section or the residential district of a city; e.g., in Manhattan, New York City the term refers to the northern end of Manhattan, generally speaking, north of 59th Street; see also Uptown, Minneapolis; Uptown, Chicago; Uptown New Orleans; compare downtown. Often has implications of being a desirable or upscale neighborhood. However, in Butte, Montana and Charlotte, North Carolina, "Uptown" refers to what would be called "downtown" in most other cities.

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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.

1 comment:

Dave D said...

My dad was Scottish and the word is "simmit".

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