British English versus American English: differences in vocabulary

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British English

American English

1 - Whit Monday is a bank holiday. * Whit Monday is a national holiday.
2 - He's off his rocker. * He is out to lunch.
3 - I'm not going back to this dude's house. I'm not going back to this bloke's house. *
4 - They did not charge us for the French fries. They did not charge us for the chips. *
5 - I have no hometown to go back to. I have no native town to go back to. *
6 - The line is busy. * The line is engaged.
7 - Look at that chick! Look at that bird! *
8 - The tow truck took such a long time. The breakdown van took such a long time. *
9 - He's kipping on the sofa. * He's napping on the sofa.
10 - I have a swimsuit under my clothes. I have a swimming costume under my clothes. *
11 - You should go outside for a fag. * You should go outside for a fag.
12 - He is an ex-serviceman from the War of the Malvinas. * He is a veteran from the War of the Malvinas.
13 - I'm going back to my apartment. I'm going back to my flat. *
14 - We had to queue for hours. * We had to stand in line for hours.
15 - The first floor of our building is occupied by a bank. The ground floor of our building is occupied by a bank. *
16 - Let's take a short vacation. Let's take a short holiday. *
17 - The mains are down. * The earth is down.
18 - When was the last time you hoovered the room? * When was the last time you vacuumed the room?
19 - Can you please take the trash out? Can you please take the rubbish out? *
20 - Have you changed the baby's nappy yet? * Have you changed the baby's diaper yet?
21 - I bet you can't do ten pushups. I bet you can't do ten pressups. *
22 - Well, didn't you ever play truant? * Well, didn't you ever play hooky?
23 - It's my stag night, not yours. * It's my bachelor party, not yours.
24 - There is no petrol left in the car. * There is no gasoline left in the car.
25 - Grace zippered her bag shut. Grace zipped her bag shut. *
26 - I could do with a kip. * I could do with a nap.
27 - A mobile phone is always with you. * A cell phone is always with you.
28 - I have noplace else to go. I have nowhere else to go. *
29 - What's the accommodation like at the resort? * What are the accommodations like at the resort?
30 - That's hard cheese! * That's tough luck!
31 - You should let me cut your fringe. * You should let me cut your bangs.
32 - Why don't you give her a buzz? Why don't you give her a bell? *
33 - Do you mind if I reverse the charges? * Do you mind if I call collect?
34 - Single or return ticket? * One-way or round-trip ticket ?
35 - Have you seen my change purse? Have you seen my purse? *
36 - I bought a pack of cigarettes. I bought a packet of cigarettes. *
37 - I loathe my surname. * I loathe my last name.
38 - Terrorism is wrong, period. Terrorism is wrong, full stop. *
39 - Where can I post my letter? * Where can I mail my letter?
40 - Don't wipe your bogeys on your sleeves! * Don't wipe your boogers on your sleeves!

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