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11. Sick vs. Vomit

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Many Britons call the act of vomiting “being sick,” and call vomit itself “sick.” Sample usage: “My American cousin left sick all down the interior of my Mini!”

Not to fear, though. The British do use the noun form of “sick” to also mean “unwell,” and saying “I am sick” means the same thing in both countries, with nothing to do with vomiting, per se. That said, if you regrettably have to throw up while visiting England, don’t be surprised if people volunteer to help “clean up your sick.”

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