Monday, August 9, 2010

Speak Like A Brit

Once when I had visited the England pavilion in Walt Disney World, I was chatting with one of the ladies that worked there about the English culture and lifestyle.  Behind her written on a white board read, "Do you know what these American words are in Britain?"  I knew a selected amount and she was kind enough to write down the translation  for each of the words...

American to English Speech

Vacuum - Hoover
Elevator - Lift
Cell Phone - Mobile
Fries - Chips
Sneakers - Trainers
Cookies - Biscuits
Chips - Crisps
Highway - Motorway
Sidewalk - Pavement
Candy - Sweets
Trunk - Boot
Hood - Bonnet
Pants - Trousers
Gas - Petrol
Soda - Lemonade, Pop
Eggplant  - Aubergine
Restroom - Loo
Pacifier - Dummy


  1. I think I knew most of these (with the exception of "eggplant"). Interesting stuff, though, the differences in the same language crafted by location. Great post. :)

  2. This was very interesting to read! I had heard of a lot of them, but some of them surprised me! Love to hear those Brits talk!

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  6. Hi,

    I found your blog through networkedblogs and I'm now following.
    Being a brit, it's interesting to know that what we call an aubergine is your eggplant. I've often heard eggplant in US movies but I've never know what they were. We do actually call a vacuum a vacuum. The term Hoover was popularised during the first world war but it is merely the brand name. These days very few people own a 'Hoover' vacuum but the name has sort of stuck. As the success of Dyson vacuums continue to rise, the term is used less and less.
    lol, anyone would think I knew about them.
    Anyway, great blog.

  7. I too came across them just as you did:) Things like these are always good to know:)

  8. Not sure, but do Brits say "have you got..." instead of "do you have..."?


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