Thursday, February 18, 2016

7 American Words Not Widely Used In the UK that Start with 'W'

Continuing an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 7 such words beginning with the letter 'W'.

1. Washcloth 
UK equivalent: flannel.

2. Washrag 
See washcloth.

3. Wastebasket 
Synonym for trash can, especially one intended for light waste. UK equivalent: wastepaper basket.

4. Weatherization
Weatherproofing of buildings, occasionally used in the UK but would be spelled weatherisation.

5. Windshield
The front window of an automobile. UK equivalent: windscreen.

6. Wiseguy
A mobster; also smartass (e.g., "hey, wiseguy…").

7. Woodsy 
Abundant in trees, suggestive of woods; woody, wooded. 

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1 comment:

Ned Ludd said...

A use of "wise guy" is in the Terminator parody. It's at the beginning. Another phrase used is "a glutton for punishment". I don't know if that is British.

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