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List of British words and what the same word is in American English

British English 

 American English

accommodation

Accommodations

action replay instant replay
aerofoil airfoil
aeroplane  airplane

agony aunt

columnist

allen key

allen wrench

aluminium

aluminium

aniseed   

anise

anti-clockwise

counter-clockwise

articulated lorry

trailer truck

autumn

autumn, fall

barrister

attorney

bill (restaurant)

bill, check

biscuit

cookie

block of flats

apartment building

bonnet (clothing)

hat

bonnet (car)

hood

boot

trunk

caravan

trailer

car park

parking lot

catalogue

catalog

centometer

centimetre

center

centre

chemist's shop

drugstore, pharmacy

chest of drawers

dresser, chest of drawers, bureau

chips

fries, French fries

the cinema

the movies

clothes peg

clothespin

Coffin

coffin, casket

colour

color

counsellor

counselor

crisps

potato chips

crossroads

intersection; crossroads (rural)

cupboard

cupboard (in kitchen); closet (for clothes etc)

diversion

detour

drawing-pin

thumbtack

drink-driving

drunk driving

driving licence

driver's license

dual carriageway

divided highway

dummy (for baby)

pacifier

dustbin

garbage can, trash can

dustman

garbage collector

engine

engine, motor

enrol

enroll

estate agent

real estate agent

estate car

station wagon

film

film, movie

flat

apartment, flat, studio

flat tyre

flat tire

flyover

overpass

gearbox (car)

transmission

gear-lever

gearshift

Girl Guide

Girl Scout

grey

gray

ground floor

ground/first floor

handbag

handbag, purse, shoulder bag

high street

main street

holiday

vacation

hood (car)

convertible top

jam

jam, preserves

jug

jug, pitcher

Juggernaut

18-wheeler

lead

leash

kilometer

kilometre

lift

elevator

lorry

truck, semi, tractor

Mad

crazy, insane

mate

pal

post (verb)

 mail (verb)

main road

highway

maize

corn

maths

math

Motorbike

Motorcycle

Mom / mommy

Mum / mummy

motorway

freeway, expressway

motorway

highway, freeway, expressway, interstate highway, interstate

nappy

diaper

naughts and crosses

tic-tack-toe

pants, underpants

underpants, drawers

pavement

sidewalk

pet hate

pet peeve

petrol

gas, gasoline

The Plough

Big Dipper

pocket money

allowance

post

mail

postbox

mailbox

postcode

zip code

postman

mailman, mail carrier, letter carrier

programme

programe

pub

bar

public toilet

rest room, public bathroom

railway

railroad

return (ticket)

round-trip

reverse charge

collect call

ring road

beltway, freeway/highway loop

road surface

pavement, blacktop

flatmate

room mate

roundabout

traffic circle, roundabout

rubber

eraser

rubbish

garbage, trash

rubbish-bin

garbage can, trashcan

saloon (car)

sedan

shop

shop, store

silencer (car)

muffler

single (ticket)

one-way

solicitor

lawyer, attorney

spanner

Wrench

surname

last name

sweets

candy

taxi

taxi, taxi cab

tea towel

dish towel

telly (informal), TV

television, TV

theater

theatre

third-party insurance

liability insurance

timetable

schedule

tin

can

toll motorway

toll road, turnpike

torch

Flashlight

travelled

traveled

travelling

traveling

trousers

pants, trousers

tube (train)

Subway

underground(train)

subway

vest

undershirt

waistcoat

vest

wallet

wallet, billfold

wellington boots

rubber boots, rain boots

whisky

whisky/whiskey

windscreen

Windshield

wollen

woolen

zip

zipper

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