Are We Speaking the Same Language?

It’s pretty obvious that because we speak the same language, Britain is the best place for someone to visit first on their initial visit to Europe.Even so, I was amused to hear the different words and names they used for the same things we have over here. So even though we may speak the same language, at times I still found myself not knowing what they were talking about. To further my amusement, I compiled a list of different words and I figured I’d share it with you below.

Apparently in Scotland they use polite signs to prevent BMXers from grinding the rails--none of those ugly American knobs.  credit: Jeff Zielinski

American: flashlight
British: torch

American: parking lot
British: car park

American: backyard
British: garden

American: shopping cart
British: trolley

American: semi-truck
British: lorrie

American: wrench
British: spanner

American: garbage man
British: dust man or bin man

American: rest stop
British: services

American: French fries
British: chips

American: chips
British: crisps

American: windshield
British: windscreen

American: hood (of your car)
British: bonnet

American: trunk
British: boot

American: joking
British: “taking the piss”

American: take out (food)
British: take away

American: elevator
British: lift

American: bathroom
British: toilet or loo