Thursday, March 03, 2016

4 American Words Not Widely Used In the UK that Start with 'Z'

Continuing an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 4 such words beginning with the letter 'Z'.

1. Zinger 
A witty, often caustic remark; something supposed to cause surprise or shock.

2. ZIP code 
Zone Improvement Plan. The postal code used by the United States Postal Service composed of 5 digits (as in 90210), sometimes a suffix of 4 digits after a hyphen is used. UK equivalent: postcode, post code, or postal code.

3. Zipper 
UK equivalent: usually zip.

4. Zucchini 
The plant Cucurbita pepo, also zucchini squash. UK equivalent: courgette.

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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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