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Posted by on Nov 10, 2012

British Diva’s guide to speaking American!

You say ‘Tom-ate-to’, we say ‘Tom-at-toe’….

and other common language differences between our Nations.

The Red, White & Blue of both our flags is the same which ever way you say it!
By British Diva

The moment you set foot in the wondrous land of America there’s a language difference- we British call it soil & not dirt, or sod as our American cousins do!  In fact the word sod when used over here in the UK; albeit in a different context, as is considered a minor swear word!  

There are a plethora of slang words which one could include, but this is a mere selection of what I think you may come across.  I’ve also included some ‘Disney speak’ for your extra enjoyment & information.

American*********************British


Everyday 

  • Pound Sign #  -  Hash Tag #
  • Vacation  -  Holiday
  • Airplane  - Aeroplane
  • Bill ($)  -  Note (£)
  • Elevator  -  Lift
  • Cell Phone - Mobile
  • Restroom - Toilet
  • Bathroom - Toilet
  • PurseHandbag
  • PocketbookWallet
  • Mail  -  Post
  • Mailbox  -  Postbox
  • Fanny Pack – Bum bag
  • Sidewalk - Pavement

Vehicles 

  • EVC  -  Mobility scooter
  • Parking Lot - Car Park
  • Gas - Petrol
  • Trunk  -  Boot
  • Hood  -  Bonnet 
  • Motorcycle - Motorbike
  • Bike  -  Bicycle 
  • Truck – Lorry

 Household

  • Skillet  -  Frying pan
  • Broil  -  Roast
  • Grill  -  BBQ
  • Tub - Bath
  • Trash or garbage Rubbish
  • Trash or garbage can - Dustbin

Mealtimes & Good Times

  • Dinner  - Tea
  • Supper – Tea
  • Appetiser - Starter
  • Entree - Main Meal
  • Dessert – Pudding or Afters
  • Check –  Bill
  • Hamburger - Beefburger
  • Chips  -  Crisps
  • French Fries  -  Chips
  • Cookies  -  Biscuits
  • Soda  - Soft drink e.g. Coke or Sprite
  • Lemonade - still cloudy lemonade
  • Libations - Alcoholic Drinks
  • Host or Hostess   –  Waiter or Waitress
  • Zucchini – Courgette
  • Eggplant - Aubergine
  • Cotton Candy - Candy Floss
  • Creamer - Milk for coffee
  • Spritzer -  White wine & soda

Disney Speak

  • ADR - Advanced Dining Reservation
  • DDP - Pre-paid Disney Dining Plan
  • Mousekeeping - Housekeeping Service
  • Cast Member – Disney Employee 
  • Hidden Mickeys  -  Mickey °o° shapes hiding all around you
  • Ticket & Transportation – Transport Hub
  • EPCOT  -  Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow 
  • Extra Magic Hours -  Extended park opening exclusive to Disney guests
  • Imagineer -  Creative thinker & engineer
  • Magical Express -  Disney bus transportation to & from Orlando International Airport
  • DVC - Disney Vacation Club (Timeshare Villa ownership) 
  • Character meal - mealtime where you are joined by Disney characters
  • Resort Mug – Resort exclusive insulated refillable mug & souvenir 
I do rather think that our British lingo is spreading ever further into everyday American conversation as can be seen in this rather interesting BBC Britishisms article.  

Cheerio! Goodbye! or as us Cornish say – Cheers! 

Social Media Manager & patriotic British member of the 'Tips from the Disney Divas & Devos' writing team. I am very proud to represent the United Kingdom on the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel. How happy I am to immerse myself in the planning of a Disney vacation, whether it be one of our own or another lucky families.

2 Comments

  1. Some of these are hilarious. You know, we Aussies also have some great words to share with you all.

  2. G’day! thanks for your comment, I love that we all speak English, but it’s certainly said sometimes with a totally different meaning!

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