Thursday, February 18, 2016

7 American Words Not Widely Used In Britain | W

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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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnq7N6X4x84

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