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The BG-Map
English (British) - American Dictionary
Compiled by Mark Glicksman
with the Assistance of Crinan Alexander, The Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh and Malcolm Manners, Citrus Institute in Florida, and with Additional Suggestions by Iona Dawson (IULM University, Milan), Lowell Whitney, and Ron Peeples
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Part 1
UK-US - Cars and Driving:
 
                  UK                      
                  US
                  
                  aerial                   antenna
                                          
                  ("aerial" used regionally
                                           
                  in the past but has
                                           
                  faded from use)
                  
                  bonnet                   hood
                  
                  boot                    
                  trunk
                  
                  car park                 parking lot
                  
                  car silencer             muffler
                  
                  cats eyes                reflectors
                                          
                  (embedded in road)
                  
                  clock                    odometer
                  
                  demister                 defroster
                  
                  diversion                detour
                  
                  dual carriageway         divided highway
                  
                  flyover                  overpass
                  
                  full lights              high beams
                  
                  gear box                 transmission
                  
                  gear lever               gear shift
                  
                  hire car                 rental car
                  
                  indicators               turn signals
                  
                  lights dipped            low beams
                  
                  motorway                 freeway (Western
                  U.S.)
                                          
                  expressway (Eastern U.S.)
                                          
                  Interstate  See Notes
                     
                     orbital                  beltway (Eastern
                  U.S.)
                  
                  petrol                   gasoline
                                          
                  gas
                  
                  propeller shaft          drive shaft
                  
                  recovery                 towing
                  
                  roundabout               circle
                                          
                  rotary (New England)
                   
                  top up                   fill up
                                          
                  top off  See Notes
                     
                     transmission             power train
                  
                  turning left             left turn
                  
                  turning right            right turn
                  
                  unmade road              dirt road, unpaved road
                  
                  van                     
                  minibus  See Notes
                     
                     wind screen              windshield
                  
                  window heater            defroster
                  
                  wing                    
                  fender
                   
Part 2
US-UK - Cars and Driving:
 
                  US                          
                  UK                      
                                                                              
                  antenna                  aerial
                  
                  beltway (Eastern U.S.)   orbital
                  
                  circle, traffic circle   roundabout
                  
                  defroster                window heater
                                          
                  demister
                  
                  detour (noun)            diversion
                  
                  dirt road                unmade road
                  
                  divided highway          dual carriageway
                  
                  drive shaft              propeller shaft
                  
                  expressway               motorway
                  (Eastern U.S.)
                  
                  fender                   wing
                  
                  fill up                  top up See Notes
                     
                     four lane road           dual carriageway
                  
                  freeway (Western U.S.)   motorway See Notes
                     
                     gas                     
                  petrol
                  gasoline
                  
                  gear shift               gear lever
                  
                  high beams               full lights
                  
                  hood                    
                  bonnet
                  
                  Interstate               motorway
                  
                  left turn                turning left
                  
                  low beams                lights dipped
                  
                  minibus                  van  See Notes
                     
                     muffler                  car silencer
                  
                  odometer                 clock
                  
                  overpass                 flyover
                  
                  parking lot              car park
                  
                  power train              transmission
                  
                  reflectors               cats eyes
                  (embedded in road)
                  
                  rental car               hire car
                  
                  right turn               turning right
                  
                  rotary (New England)     roundabout
                  
                  top off                  top up
                  
                  towing                   recovery
                  
                  transmission             gear box
                  
                  trunk                    boot
                  
                  turn signals             indicators
                  
                  unpaved road             unmade road
                  
                  windshield               wind screen
                   
Part 3
UK-US - Food:
 
                  UK                      
                  US
                  
                  aubergine                eggplant
                  
                  banger                   sausage
                  
                  chips                    french
                  fries
                  
                  conserves                preserves
                  
                  courgettes               zucchini
                                          
                  zucchini squash
                  
                  crisps                   potato
                  chips
                  
                  fish fingers             fish sticks
                  
                  jacket potato            baked potato
                  
                  jam                     
                  jelly
                  
                  jelly                    jello
                  
                  mince                    ground
                  meat
                                          
                  hamburger
                  
                  porridge                 oatmeal
                  
                  pudding                  dessert
                  
                  sweet                    dessert
                  
                  tinned                   canned
                   
Part 4
US-UK - Food:
 
                  US                      
                  UK
                  
                  appetizers               starters
                  
                  baked potato             jacket potato
                  
                  canned (in metal)        tinned
                  
                  dessert                  sweet
                                          
                  pudding
                  
                  eggplant                 aubergine
                  
                  fish sticks              fish fingers
                  
                  french fries             chips
                  
                  ground meat              mince
                  
                  hamburger                mince
                  
                  jello                    jelly
                  
                  jelly                    jam
                  
                  oatmeal                  porridge
                  
                  potato chips             crisps
                  
                  preserves                conserves
                  
                  sausage                  banger (slang)
                  
                  zucchini                 courgettes
                  zucchini squash
                   
Part 5
UK-US - Others:
 
                  UK                      
                  US
                  
                  aerial                   antenna
                  
                  anticlockwise            counterclockwise
                  
                  autumn                   fall
                                          
                  ("autumn" is used,
                                           
                  but only informal
                                           
                  or poetic language)
                  
                  baggage reclaim          baggage claim
                        (airport)
                  
                  bill                    
                  check
                                          
                  (restaurant)  See Notes
                     
                     bin liner                trash bag
                  
                  bookings                 reservations
                  (verb - to book)         (verb - to reserve as
                                           
                  in restaurant, hotel)
                  
                  botanic garden           botanical garden
                  
                  braces                   suspenders
                  
                  cashback (noun)          rebate, cash back
                  
                  charity                  non-profit organization
                                          
                  not-for-profit
                  
                  cheap                    inexpensive
                                          
                  (not necessarily in a
                                           
                  negative light)
                  
                  chemists                 pharmacy, drug store
                  
                  cinema                   movie theater,
                  theater
                                          
                  "clued up"               "clued in"
                  
                  coach                    bus
                  
                  coach (railway)          car (railroad)
                  
                  "come to that"           "for that matter"
                  
                  cot                     
                  crib (for a baby)
                  
                  cuttings                 clippings
                                          
                  (as in news clippings)
                  
                  DIY                     
                  do it yourself
                  
                  dodgy                    tricky,
                  chancy
                  
                  dummy                    pacifier
                  
                  dustbin                  trash can
                  
                  engaged                  busy (as in
                  telephone)
                  
                  fee (for schooling)      tuition
                  
                  fit (verb)               equip, fit out
                  
                  fittings                 fixtures
                  
                  fix (verb - as in        set
                      "fix a date")
                  
                  flat                    
                  apartment
                  
                  football                 soccer
                  
                  frock                    dress
                  (noun)
                  
                  gents                    men's
                  room
                  
                  headmaster               principal
                  
                  hide (noun)              blind
                                          
                  (noun - as in duck blind)
                  
                  hire (hire a car)        rent (rent a car)
                  
                  holiday                  vacation
                  
                  homely                   homey (pleasant)
                  
                  hoover (noun and verb)   vacuum (noun and verb)
                                          
                  vacuum cleaner (noun)
                  
                  ill                     
                  sick
                  
                  in future                in the future
                  
                  in hospital              in the hospital
                                          
                  See Notes
                     
                     "join the train"         "get on the train"
                  
                  lie in                   sleep in
                  
                  lift                    
                  elevator
                  
                  laundrette               laundromat
                  
                  lorry                    truck
                  
                  marquee                  tent  See Notes
                     
                     maths                    math
                  
                  momentarily              for a short time
                                          
                  (but not "in a second")
                  
                  nappies                  diapers
                  
                  nil                     
                  nothing, zero
                  
                  note                    
                  bill
                                          
                  (currency)  See Notes
                     
                     on stream                on line
                  
                  open day                 open house
                  
                  post                    
                  mail  See Notes
                     
                     queue                    line
                                          
                  (noun as in "bus queue"
                                           
                  verb as in "queue up")
                  
                  railway                  railroad
                  
                  read
                  (verb - "read a          study
                  subject in college")
                  
                  redundancy (verb - to    layoff (verb - to lay off)
                  
                  removal (as in removal   moving
                  van)
                  
                  return                   round trip
                                          
                  (as in round trip ticket)
                  
                  rise (noun - in salary)  raise
                  
                  roll neck                polo neck
                  
                  rucksack                 backpack
                  
                  sack (verb - from        fire
                       employment)
                  
                  secateurs                pruners or clippers
                  
                  shoddy                   cheap
                  
                  shopping trolley         shopping cart
                  
                  snooker                  pool (pocket
                  billiards)
                  
                  sport                    sports
                  
                  solicitor                lawyer
                                          
                  attorney  See Notes
                     
                     "sorry"                  "excuse me",
                  "pardon me"
                  
                  stand (for election)     run (for election)
                  
                  starters                 appetizers
                  
                  suspenders               garter
                  
                  swear word               curse word
                  
                  subway                   underpass
                  
                  tariffs                  rates, prices
                  
                  tarmac                   asphalt
                                          
                  (tarmac is used in U.S.
                                           
                  only in airport context)
                  
                  tea towel                dish towel
                                          
                  dish cloth  See Notes
                     
                     telephone box            telephone booth
                  
                  tender (noun or verb)    bid
                                          
                  (as in bid for a building
                                           
                  contract)          
                    
                  to let                   for rent 
                  
                  to trade (as in "a       by trade
                  
                  toilet                   restroom
                  
                  torch                    flashlight
                  
                  trainers                 sneakers
                  
                  treble                   triple
                  
                  trousers                 pants
                  
                  trolley                  cart
                  
                  torch                    flashlight
                  
                  tube                    
                  subway
                  
                  tuition for (noun as     study of
                      in "tuition for the
                      flute")
                  
                  underground              subway
                  
                  valve                    vacuum
                  tube
                  
                  vest                    
                  undershirt
                  
                  waistcoat                vest
                   
Part 6
US-UK - Others:
 
                  US                      
                  UK
                  
                  antenna                  aerial
                  
                  apartment                flat
                  
                  asphalt                  tarmac
                  
                  attorney                 solicitor See Notes
                     
                     backpack                 rucksack
                                          
                  baggage claim (airport)  baggage reclaim
                  
                  bid (as in bid for a     tender (noun or verb)
                  
                  bill (as in currency)    note See Notes
                     
                     blind (noun - as in      hide
                  duck blind)
                  
                  botanical garden         botanic garden
                  
                  busy (as in telephone)   engaged
                  
                  by trade (as in "a       to trade
                  carpenter by trade")
                  
                  bus                     
                  coach
                  
                  car (railroad)           coach (railway)
                  
                  cart (noun)              trolley
                  
                  cheap                    shoddy
                  
                  check (in a restaurant)  bill  See Notes
                     
                     clippings (as in news    cuttings 
                  clippings)
                  
                  "clued in"               "clued up"
                  
                  counterclockwise         anticlockwise
                  
                  crib (for a baby)        cot
                  
                  curse word               swear word
                  
                  diapers                  nappies
                  
                  dish cloth, dish towel   tea towel  See Notes
                     
                     dress (noun)             frock
                  
                  drug  store              chemists
                  
                  elevator                 lift
                  
                  equip, fit out (verb)    fit
                  
                  "excuse me"              "sorry"
                  
                  fall                    
                  autumn
                  
                  fire                    
                  sack
                  (verb - from employment)
                  
                  fixtures                 fittings
                  (as in plumbing)
                  
                  flashlight               torch
                  
                  for rent                 to let
                  
                  "for that matter"        "come to that"
                  
                  garter                   suspenders
                  
                  "get on the train"       "join the train"
                  
                  homey (pleasant)         homely
                  
                  in the future            in future
                  
                  in the hospital          in hospital  See Notes
                     
                     inexpensive              cheap
                  (not necessarily
                  in a negative light)
                  
                  layoff                   redundancy
                  (verb - to
                  (verb - to lay off)      make redundant)
                  
                  laundromat               laundrette
                  
                  lawyer                   solicitor 
                  See Notes
                     
                     line                    
                  queue
                  (noun as in "bus line"
                   and verb as in 
                   "line up")
                  mail                    
                  post
                  
                  math                    
                  maths
                  
                  men's room               gents
                  
                  movie theater            cinema
                  
                  moving                   removal
                  (as in moving van)
                  
                  nothing                  nil
                  
                  non-profit organization  charity
                  
                  on line                  on stream
                  (as in "forthcoming")
                  
                  open house               open day
                  
                  pacifier                 dummy
                  
                  pants                    trousers
                  
                  "pardon me"              "sorry"
                  
                  pharmacy                 chemists
                  
                  polo neck                roll neck
                  
                  pool                    
                  snooker
                  (pocket billiards)
                  
                  principal                headmaster
                  (school)
                  
                  pruners                  secateurs
                  (or clippers)
                  
                  railroad                 railway
                  
                  raise (in salary)        rise
                  
                  rates, prices            tariffs
                  
                  rebate (noun)            cashback
                  
                  rent (rent a car)        hire (hire a car)
                  
                  reservations             bookings
                  (verb - to reserve       (verb - to book)
                   as in restaurant,
                   hotel) 
                  restroom                 toilet
                  
                  round trip               return (return ticket) 
                  (as in round
                   trip ticket)
                  
                  run (for election)       stand (for election)
                  
                  set (verb - as in        fix
                      "set a date")
                  
                  shopping cart            shopping trolley
                  
                  sick                    
                  ill
                  
                  sleep in                 lie in
                  
                  sneakers                 trainers
                  
                  soccer                   football
                  
                  sports                   sport
                  
                  study                    read
                  (verb - as in
                   "study a subject
                   in college")
                  
                  study of                 tuition for
                  (noun as in "study
                  of the flute")
                  
                  subway                   tube
                                          
                  underground
                  
                  suspenders               braces
                  
                  telephone booth          telephone box
                  
                  tent                    
                  marquee  See Notes
                     
                     tuition                  fee
                  
                  trash bag                bin liner
                  
                  trash can                dustbin
                  
                  tricky (chancy)          dodgy
                  
                  triple                   treble
                  
                  truck                    lorry
                  
                  underpass                subway
                  
                  undershirt               vest
                  
                  vacation                 holiday
                  
                  vacuum (noun and verb)   hoover
                  vacuum cleaner(noun)
                  
                  vacuum tube              valve
                  
                  vest                    
                  waistcoat
                  
                  zero                    
                  nil
                  
                   
















 
 
 
 
 
 
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