English words and American words

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edited May 24 in Vocabulary

As George Bernard Shaw (supposedly) said, "England and America are two countries separated by a common language."

Here are some word differences between the two languages.

British EnglishAmerican English
angrymad
autumnfall
bingarbage can
bonnet (of a car)hood
boot (of a car)trunk
chemist’sdrug store
cupboardcloset
flatapartment
liftelevator
nappydiaper
pavementsidewalk
petrolgas/gasoline
rubbishtrash
tapfaucet
trouserspants

It is important to know that in everyday life the British understand Americans and Americans understand the British. The language is still English. We at Scott's English Success recommend that you choose one accent in English and use it, while at the same time realising that there are variations depending on where the English language is spoken.
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