Queen's English vs. American English

by Anonymous

I say potato... What do English people call things that Americans don't?

Answer:

This is a real fun question. Thanks for asking!
Queen's English and American English differ in three areas .. spelling, pronunciation and - of course - names for many everyday things.

All of these make reading and watching films a lot of fun.

Here's a little list of things I can think of right now.
Have you come across any others? Please share by leaving a comment ... it will make the list so much better!


Queen's English

petrol

tarmac

boot

trainers

knickers

trousers

tap

pram

motorway

tube or underground
American English

gasoline

blacktop, asphalt

trunk

sneakers

panties

pants, slacks

faucet

stroller

highway

subway

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Queen's English vs. American English
by: Janice

My Grandparents and Father immigrated to the State’s in 1924 and I remember these…..

Davenport--------------Couch/Sofa
Broadloom-------------Carpet
Tea----------------------Dinner/Supper
Chap---------------------The man down the street!


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There is only one kind of English
by: Rob

If it's not the Queens English, it's not English.
Unfortunately, most people from the UK are poor speakers of the Queens English. The yanks are worse.

Incorrect English ---> Correct English.
I have no beer. I don't have any beer.
Two surgeries. Two surgical procedures.
Bad behaviours. Bad behaviour.
Softwares/hardwares. Software/hardware.
I could care less. I couldn't care less.

Sadly, verb tenses (past simple & past participles) are being changed by the dreadful American phenomenon.
Original Irregular ---> New Regular (utter laziness)
Pled. Pleaded.
Learnt. Learned.
Spelt. Spelled.

Plurals.
English ---> Laziness
Rooves. Roofs.
Calves. Calfs.

Our braincells will die if we don't get back to some real thinking.

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hoover, chips & lift
by: Anonymous

hoover - vacuum cleaner/to vacuum
chips - (French) fries
lift - elevator

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Australian gets even weirder.
by: Anonymous

Funny enough, the company where I work in Australia insists that I use Queen's English when writting documents......but if you ask anybody in the world they will provably tell you that Australian English (at least the pronounciation) is as bad as it gets.

Here is a funny Australian word that will make American's crack up.

America ------> Autralian (Queens English?)

Slippers------> Thongs

How cool would it be if you came accross a girl in the USA and asked her if she is will take her thongs out before going to the spa/pool!

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uk to us
by: Anonymous

dummy = soother
nappies= diapers
lorry = truck
pants = mens underwear
knickers = womens underwear
curtains = drapes
crisps = chips
biscuits = cookies
fringe = bangs (relating to hair)
dustbin = garbage can
loo = toilet
cot = crib
pushchair = stroller

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Queens English v American English
by: Honor

I say the following:

pavements - sidewalk

fortnight - 2 weeks

mate - dude!

brilliant - awesome

Just a few of the difference I've noticed : )

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