Learning to Speak English…British English

For those of us who haven’t mastered numerous languages, traveling to English speaking countries definitely makes travel easier.

That said, some English words have completely different meanings to Americans and Brits.

At the end of my England trip last year, I jotted down the words that I could remember which had become part of my British vocabulary.

If you think I got the definition wrong on anything, or you know additional words that have different American and British meanings, leave a comment and let me know.

4 Responses

  1. steaky bacon? I had never heard that before!

    I thought they called the bathroom the loo?

    • Karen Goodman says:

      We actually asked someone about that…and were told it was a low-class way of referring to the bathroom. It apparently stemmed from back when there was no indoor plumbing, and the chamberpots were dumped out the windows of tenements. Before dumping, they would shout out ‘look out beloo’. At least that’s what we were told. No idea if it really is correct. We only heard one person refer to a bathroom as a loo, and that was when we were away from the cities.

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