American Vs British English
Here are a few of the more common words which are different in American
and British English. T...
Highway motorway
hood (car) bonnet
Jello jelly
Jelly jam
kerosene paraffin
Lawyer solicitor
license plate number plate
Lin...
Sidewalk pavement
Soccer football
Sweater jumper
trash can bin
Truck lorry
trunk (car) boot
Vacation holiday
Vest waistcoa...
VIQ Vehicle In Question
Wanker Someone who hacks at their car. Sometimes clueless.
British <=> American Automotive Transla...
prise pry
proud above or raised
quarterlight vent window
rev counter tachometer
ring gear flywheel gear, or starter gear
r...
BFH Big F...... Hammer, AKA: "Bashing Tool"
(big, heavy hammer used "persuading" stuck parts, etc.)
CD (refers to carbs) c...
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American Vs British English

  1. 1. American Vs British English Here are a few of the more common words which are different in American and British English. This is only meant to highlight some of the variety which exists within English, and is not a complete list by any means. It also does not address different vocabulary which is used in Australia, Canada, South Africa and India as well as the Caribbean, Africa, and the many other places in the world which use English as the language of commerce or government. American British apartment flat argument row baby carriage pram band-aid plaster bathroom loo or WC Can tin chopped beef mince Cookie biscuit Corn maize Diaper nappy Elevator lift Eraser rubber flashlight torch Fries chips Gas petrol Guy bloke, chap
  2. 2. Highway motorway hood (car) bonnet Jello jelly Jelly jam kerosene paraffin Lawyer solicitor license plate number plate Line queue Mail post motor home caravan movie theater cinema Muffler silencer Napkin serviette Nothing nought overpass flyover Pacifier dummy Pants trousers parking lot car park Period full stop pharmacist chemist potato chips crisps Rent hire Sausage banger
  3. 3. Sidewalk pavement Soccer football Sweater jumper trash can bin Truck lorry trunk (car) boot Vacation holiday Vest waistcoat windshield (car) windscreen zip code postal code SOL Vocabulary Terms Unique to SOL'ers SOL Scion(s) of Lucas (sometimes S... Out of Luck) (Includes both Sisters of Lucas, and Sons of Lucas) Scion n. A descendant or heir. LBC Little British Car, Little British Convertible, Large British Car, etc. PO The Previous Owner of your car. DPO Dreaded Previous Owner (because of the hacks they always seem to have made on your car.) The Prince of Darkness Lucas, Lucas electrics, etc. BPSL British (Phlegm Sucking) Leyland. A term of, er, endearment, referring to the things they did to destroy the British Sports Car quality, designs and market (With thanks to Scott Fisher) OSOTP Other Side of the Pond. (Across the Ocean) SWORK Swearing While Working, a common practice.
  4. 4. VIQ Vehicle In Question Wanker Someone who hacks at their car. Sometimes clueless. British <=> American Automotive Translations British term American term accumulator battery actuator switch or servo Artic articulated lorry = "tractor-trailer" baulk ring synchro ring bonnet hood boot trunk bulkhead firewall choke tube venturi core plug freeze plug crocodile clip alligator clip crosshead Phillips crown wheel ring gear cubby box glove box or glove compartment damper shock absorber drive shaft half shaft or axle shaft drop-head coupe convertible version of 2 door coupe dumpy screwdriver short screwdriver dynamo generator earth ground estate station wagon fascia dashboard fixed-head coupe 2 door coupe frogeye bugeye Gallon (Imperial) 5 US Quarts gearbox transmission gudgeon pin wrist pin hood convertible top jointing compound gasket sealant lorry truck mole wrench Vice grips monocoque unibody MOT DOT Ministry of Transport Department of Transportation nave plate hubcap nose front of car paraffin kerosene pinking knocking or pinging prop shaft drive shaft petrol gasoline
  5. 5. prise pry proud above or raised quarterlight vent window rev counter tachometer ring gear flywheel gear, or starter gear roadster car that only comes in a convertible style roundabout rotary, traffic circle RoStyle type of steel wheel (as opposed to wire) saloon 2 or 4 door sedan scuttle cowl side curtains removable side windows silencer muffler sill rocker panel Shooting Brake station wagon spanner wrench split pin cotter pin spring washer lock washer squab part of seat suction advance vacuum advance sump oil pan thrust bearing throwout bearing tickover idle top gear high gear torch flashlight trunnion sliding or rotating joint (suspension) Tyre tire wheel nut lug nut whitworth Brtish thread measuring standard windscreen windshield wing fender Common Auto Abbreviations Abbreviation Meaning AC (e.g. AC Cobra) Auto Carrier ARG Austin Rover Group BL British Leyland BLMC British Leyland Motor Corporation BMC British Motor Corporation BSF British Standard Fine (Thread system) BSW British Standard Whitworth (Thread system)
  6. 6. BFH Big F...... Hammer, AKA: "Bashing Tool" (big, heavy hammer used "persuading" stuck parts, etc.) CD (refers to carbs) constant depression DB (e.g. Aston-Martin DB6) David Brown M.G. Derived from Morris Garage(s) NOS New, Old Stock parts (as opposed to a recent copy) PI petrol injection SS Swallow Sidecars SU Skinners Union (Carbs and Fuel pumps) TVR TreVoR (Wilkinson), the founder of TVR ZS Zenith-Stromberg (Carbs) Some Common Net Abbreviations AKA Also Known As (alias) BTW or OBTW By The Way, or Oh, By the Way... FLAMES ON/OFF Start/end of major gripe or insult IMO In My Opinion IMHO In My Humble Opinion ROM Rough Order of Magnitude (size, weight, usually cost, effort) RTM Read The Manual RTFM Read The (Fun, Foolish, F.....) Manual SWAG Scientific WAG (at least one reason for the guess exists) WAG Wild-Assed Guess TTFN Ta Ta For Now, AKA: "Bye for now"

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