[blog] British and American Words With Overlapping, But Different, Meanings

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You guys might find this list helpful. I didn't realize most of them mean differently until I read it.


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Interesting!  

- Toilet in Europe while in US it's bathroom.


https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/top-10-british-us-words-overlapping-dangerously-different-meanings-a8710916.html


https://www.writing-skills.com/ten-differences-between-uk-and-us-english



Charlyn Amoin

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restroom in British = a room for staff to take their breaks in (stafroom in US) but it is a room in a public place, containing a toilet in US:)

do the right thing even when nobody is watching

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Fanny is an important one to look out for too in English we use it for slang for a ladies front parts and in America (correct me if i am wrong) but its your behind ?

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Jade.Xuereb wrote:
Fanny is an important one to look out for too in English we use it for slang for a ladies front parts and in America (correct me if i am wrong) but its your behind ?


I didn't know that fanny meant genitals in the UK. I thought it meant butt too.

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Nope it's a lady garden:joy::rolling_on_the_floor_laughing::grin:

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Also when American product are described as having knobs instead of dials that's a p#nis

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Jade.Xuereb wrote:

Also when American product are described as having knobs instead of dials that's a p#nis


I've probably heard this in movies, but never knew they were referring to the "p". LOL

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Jade.Xuereb wrote:
Also when American product are described as having knobs instead of dials that's a p#nis


That I knew. :) An officemate made a joke about "polishing knobs" and got told off by a British client.

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Jade.Xuereb wrote:
Fanny is an important one to look out for too in English we use it for slang for a ladies front parts and in America (correct me if i am wrong) but its your behind ?
Oohhhh... I know someone named Fanny. She should not be going to the UK. :)

Faye

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Ha ha, no she doesn't need to worry there are people named Fanny... in fact my mother used to call me Fanny-ann as a pet name but a fanny is slang for your front parts in the UK and back parts in America! So it is very different :)

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