British and American English Differences, British & American English Words

British and American English Differences, British & American English Words


British and American English Differences, British & American English Words


English is the most spoken language used all over the world. Because it is used in many countries, there are many differences in this language. Although English is the common point of the USA and the UK, there are some differences between these two versions. Sometimes a word spoken in one country cannot be understood in English used in another country.

English has 160 dialects around the world, as well as different spelling and different words to express or describe something. The modern influence of English has changed due to many things originating from the USA and England.

These differences have been accepted by America, as English has become the common language of the world and is exported to countries all over the world. The differences between British and American English are set out below with sample sentences:

British – trainers, American – sneakers

  • Today we are going to buy a sneaker with my father.

British– jumper / pull over, American – sweater

  • I’m thinking of getting him a pull over for Valentine’s Day.

British – waistcoat, American – vest

  • If you want, put a vest on your child because the weather has gotten so cold.

British – braces, American – suspenders

  • I suggest you buy a suspenders, or your pants will fall.

British – bonnet, American – hat

  • You should take your hat when you go out because it is raining outside.

British – pyjamas, American – pajamas

  • Put on your pyjamas before going to sleep, then go to bed.

British – exam, American – test

  • I will take the exam tomorrow, I have to work hard tonight.

British – headmaster, American – Principal

  • Our headmaster made a long speech this morning to the whole school.

British – holiday, American – vacation

  • We had a very nice holiday this summer, we visited almost the whole country.

British – maths, American – math

  • Maths was the hardest of the lessons I learned.

British – module, American – class

  • I’m in second class, or which class are you in?

British – aubergine, American – eggplant

  • Although I do not like eggplant at all, my mother’s meals with eggplant are very tasty.

British – beetroot, American – beet

  • My grandfather planted beetroots in his field in the village this year.

British – courgette, American – zucchini

  • My favorite food in this life is courgette food.

British – cutlery, American – silverware

  • I’m getting married this summer so I’m thinking of buying cutlery for my new home.

British – jug, American – pitcher

  • Can you bring the jug in the kitchen here?

Here are British and American Words;

British American
anticlockwise counter
appetizer starter
aubergine eggplant
biscuit cookie
boot trunk
braces suspenders
candyfloss cotton candy
car park parking lot
chemist drugstore
chips French fries
cot crib
courgette zucchini
crisps chips
drawing pin thumbtack
dressing gown robe
dummy pacifier
dustbin garbage can
flannel washcloth
flat apartment
football soccer
fringe bangs
grill broil
British American
grill broiler
hairslide barrette
holiday vacation
jumper sweater
lift elevator
mobile phone cell phone
number plate license plate
off-licence liquor store
oven glove oven mitt
parting part
pavement sidewalk
petrol gas, gasoline
postbox mailbox
postcode zip code
public school private school
pushchair stroller
shopping trolley shopping cart
skipping rope jump rope
sledge sled
state school public school