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10 Surprising British Words for Familiar Things
Surely any self-respecting Anglophile knows “flat” means “apartment,” a “lift” is an “elevator,” “trainers” are “sneakers,” and so on. It should come in your Anglophile “handbook” (maybe there should be one) before induction to the club. But there are a bunch of British-American words that can surprise the best of us.
1. Aubergine = eggplant
2. Mackintosh (rain mac) = rain coat
3. Lorry = truck
4. Offy (off-license) = liquor store
5. Zebra crossing = cross walk
6. Diary = schedule
7. Bog roll = toilet paper
8. Skip = dumpster
9. Braces = suspenders
10. Bum bag = fanny pack
What word surprised you the most?