In the U.S., the word "trump" has recently become more synonymous with presidential candidate and former part-time wrestling character, Donald Trump, than it has with the verb to trump (as in, to beat; to out-do) or the card game top trumps. In Britain, where all three of these definitions are admittedly known, there is a fourth meaning that is arguably in greater use than all of the others: trump; meaning to break wind.
2. Blow Someone Off
In America, despite overwhelming odds to the contrary, this phrase actually just means failure to keep an appointment with someone. On the other hand, my fellow Brits would almost certainly equate it with the act of giving oral sex, particularly where the receiver is a man. Imagine my horror, therefore, when one of my friends lamented that his dad was always blowing him off. Was Indiana living up to its stereotype? Was it indeed the incest capital of North America? Thankfully not. I just have an incurably dirty mind. Which probably accounts for my confusion over entry number 3...
In what universe does this phrase not mean something unequivocally filthy? In the United States of America, apparently, where the phrase double-fisting is often used quite innocently to describe the act of carrying and consuming two alcoholic drinks simultaneously. Users of the phrase typically seem oblivious to its actual meaning, which—without putting too fine a point on it—involves a closed fist and, among other things, the first word in the next heading.
4. Fanny Pack
While both countries can agree that this travel accessory is the most egregious fashion faux pas since shoulder pads were a thing, the two cannot agree on what the accessory should be called. The American term fanny pack has long been the source of amusement in Britain, where fanny is a slang alternative to vagina. For our part, of course, the British call it a bum bag, in which bum—as with the American use of fanny—means a person's backside. And so, with all this talk of human orifices, now might just be the perfect time to hit up the final entry...
5. Hump Day
Actually, Wednesday might be the perfect time because Americans consider hump day and Wednesday to be absolutely one and the same. The story goes that hump day—coined in 1965—is a friendly term suggesting that American workers are past the hump of the earlier week. To Brits, hump day sounds like it should mean exactly what you imagine: a day of the week designated mainly to sex—or, as we Brits sometimes call it, rumpy pumpy.
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