On your first visit to the United Kingdom did you feel clueless when someone asked you where the nearest loo is? Were you looking for baking soda but ended up with nothing – maybe you should’ve looked for the bicarbonate of soda? Is saying maths wrong? To answer these questions and to make you more informed, here are 100 of the various English words that have different meanings once you step in the land of the United Kingdom. These aren’t like the American English words you’ve always used!

1. Lorry: Truck

2. Trousers: Pants

3. Vest: Undershirt

4. Crisps: Potato Chips

5. Chips: French Fries

6. Biscuit: Cookie

7. Scone: Biscuit

8. Flat: Apartment

9. Maths: Math

10. Trainers: Running shoes / Gym shoes

11. Pants: Underwear

12. Braces: Suspenders

13. Suspenders: Garter belts

14. Lift: Elevator

15. Spanner: Wrench

16. Loo/Bog: Toilet

17. Plimsolls: Sneakers

18. Bicarbonate of Soda: Baking Soda

19. Rubber: Eraser

20. Jumper: Sweater

21. Pinafore: Jumper

22. Banger: Sausage

23. Boot: Trunk of a car

24. Chemist’s: Pharmacy

25. Tap: Faucet

26. Football: Soccer

27. Tin: Can

28. Nappy: Diaper

29. Flatmate: Roommate

30. Dummy: Pacifier

31. Cot: Crib

32. Playgroup: Daycare

33. Pushchair: Stroller

34. Petrol: Gasoline

35. Tube: Subway

36. Holiday: Vacation

37. Motorway: Highway

38. Cooker: Stove

39. Torch: Flashlight

40. Waistcoat: Vest

41. Sweets: Candy

42. Taxi: Cab

43. Wardrobe: Closet

44. Post: Mail

45. Car Park: Parking Lot

46. Queue: Line

47. Row: Argument

48. Plaster: Band-aid

49. Fringe: Bangs

50. Fag: Cigarette

51. Subway: Underpass

52. Brackets: Parentheses

53. Skip: Dumpster

54. Dustbin: Garbage can

55. Courgette: Zucchini

56. Curriculum Vitae: Résumé

57. Double cream: Heavy cream

58. Flannel: Wash cloth

59. Full stop: Period

60. Headmaster: Principal

61. Hoover: Vacuum Cleaner

62. Duvet: Comforter

63. Drawing pin: Thumbtack

64. Maize: Corn

65. Naughts and crosses: Tick-tack-toe

66. Pub: Bar

67. Silencer (car): Muffler

68. Telly: Television

69. Timetable: Schedule

70. Windscreen: Windshield

71. Aubergine: Eggplant

72. Zip: Zipper

73. Hooker: Middle front in the sport rugby

74. Trolley: Shopping cart

75. Block of flats: Apartment building

76. Casualty: Emergency room

77. Candyfloss: Cotton candy

78. Catapult: Slingshot

79. Cling film: Plastic wrap

80. Cornflour: Cornstarch

81. Diamante: Rhinestone

82. Draughts (game): Checkers

83. Dressing gown: Bathrobe

84. Faith school: Parochial school

85. Flick knife: Switch blade

86. Footway: Sidewalk

87. Garden: Yard

88. Greaseproof paper: Wax paper

89. Hairslide: Barrette

90. Hoarding: Billboard

91. Hen party: Bachelorette party

92. Patience: Solitaire

93. Clothes-peg: Clothespin

94. Sanitary towels: Sanitary napkins

95. State school: Public school

96. Vacuum flask: Thermos bottle

97. Zebra crossing: Pedestrian crossing

98. Agony aunt/uncle: Advice columnist

99. Anticlockwise: Counterclockwise

100. Drinks cupboard: Liquor cabinet

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