In England, college = high school and university or uni = college. This has made for awkward silences. “So…what are you doing after college?”
Americans: Yay woohoooo Independence Day! BBQ beer fireworks! Brits:
Bits and Bobs
US: Pay raise UK: Pay rise US: Sup? UK: Alright? US: Sports UK: Sport US: Math UK: Maths (Thanks Lisa!) US: I’ll call you. UK: I’ll ring you. US: Podiatrist UK: Chiropodist
Things On Sale
Americans say “on sale”. Brits say “on offer”.
Renting a Car
Americans ask for a rental [car], Brits ask for a hire car.
Petrol and Gas
In the UK, gasoline is known as petrol. Gas prices are so insanely high, and you pay per liter/litre of gas rather than per gallon, even though the gallon is a unit of measure (a liter is about a quarter of a US gallon). For comparison, a gallon of regular unleaded in the UK (on July 3, 2010) cost over $7 per gallon, whereas US prices average $2.75 per gallon. Liter prices are much more...
Oil of Olay/Ulay
In the UK, it’s called Oil of Ulay. Everywhere else, Oil of Olay. From Wikipedia: …it was decided to modify the name of the product in each country so it would sound pleasing and realistic to consumers. This led to the introduction of Oil of Ulay (UK and Ireland), Oil of Ulan (Australia) and Oil of Olaz (France, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany) In 1999, it was decided to unify...