American x British (P-Z)

 AMERICANS x BRITONS SAY

 

P

 

Pacifier | Dummy
Pant suit | Trouser suit
Pants | Trousers
Panties | Pants, Knickers
Parentheses | Brackets
Parka | Anorak
Parking lot | Car park
Pedestrian crossing | Subway
Perfect | Spot on
Period (punct.) | Full stop
Pharmacist | Chemist
Pickle | Gherkin
Pimple | Spot
Pin | Brooch
Pit (fruit) | Stone
Plastic Tape | Sellotape (brand name)
Plastic wrap | Clingfilm (brand name)
Pleasant | Homely
Pleased | Chuffed
Police Car | Panda car
Policeman | Bobby
Pool | Snooker
Popsicle | Ice lolly
Potato Chips | Crisps
Prenatal | Antenatal
Prison | The nick
Private school | Public school
Prom | Ball
Propeller | Air screw
Public School | State School
Push up | Press up
Put to sleep | Put down

 

 

Q

 

Quarrel | Row
Quotation marks | Inverted Commas

 

 

R

 

Railroad | Railway
Railroad Tie | Sleeper
Raincoat | Mac,
Mackintosh
Raise | Rise (salary)
Realtor | Estate Agent
Relish | Pickle
Rent | Hire
Reserve | Book
Rest Room | WC
Rest stop | Lay-by
Row house | Terraced house
Rubber | Condom
Rummage Sale | Jumble sale
Run | Ladder (hosiery)
Rutabaga | Swede

 

 

S

 

Salesclerk | Shop assistant
Salt shaker | Saltcellar
Saran Wrap
(brand name)
| Clingfilm
( brand name)
Sausage | Banger
Sausage & potatoes | Bangers and mash
Scallion | Spring onion
Scalper | Tout
Scotch | Whisky
Scotch Tape
(brand name)
| Sellotape
(brand name)
Sedan | Saloon car
Seedy | Downmarket
Sell | Flog
Senior Citizen | OAP
(Old Age Pensioner)
Set the table | Lay the table
Shopping Bag | Carrier bag
Sick | Nauseous
Sideburns | Sideboards
Side light | Parking light
Side mirror | Wing mirror
Sidewalk | Pavement
Slate (noun) | List of candidates for
election
Slate (verb) | Designate for action
or appointment
Slowpoke | Slowcoach
Smart | Clever
Sneakers | Daps, Trainers,
Plimsolls,Pumps
Soccer | Football
Solitaire | Patience (cards)
Splashboard | Mudflap
Spoiled | Off
Squash | Marrow
Station Wagon | Estate Car
Steal | Nick, Pinch
Stingy | Mean
Stopper | Bung
Street Musician | Busker
Stroller | Push Chair
Stupid | Daft, Gormless
Subway | Underground, Tube
Superbowl of Soccer | FA Cup
Suspenders | Braces
Sweater | Jumper
Swinging door | Swing door

 

 

T

 

Take a bath | Have a bath
Talk show | Chat show
Taxi stand | Rank
Tenement | Housing estate
Thank you | Cheers, Ta
Thicket | Copse
Thumbtack | Drawing pin
Tire | Tyre
Toilet | Loo
Toss | Bung
To step on the gas | To accelerate
Traffic Circle | Roundabout
Traffic Jam | Tailback
Trailer | Caravan
Trash Bag | Bin liner
Trash Can | Dustbin
Truck | Lorry
Trunk | Boot
TV | Telly
Two Weeks | Fortnight

 

U

 

Umbrella | Brolly
Underpants (men’s) | Y-fronts
Underpants (women’s) | Pants, Knickers
Underpass, tunnel | Subway
Undershirt | Vest
Unemployed | Redundant
Unstable | Wonky

 

 

V

 

Vacation | Holiday
Vacuum | Hoover
Very | Bloody
Vest | Waistcoat
Vice Girl | Prostitute
Vinyl Top (of car) | Hood

 

 

W

 

Well-dressed | Smart
Whine | Whinge
Windshield | Windscreen
Windshield wiper | Windscreen wiper
Wine (cheap) | Plonk
Woman (attractive) | Crumpet
Wrench | Spanner

 

 

Y

 

Yard | Garden
Yard sale | Jumble sale

 

 

Z

 

Zee (the letter) | Zed
Zip code | Postal code
Zucchini | Courgette