10 American Words That Completely Confuse Brits!

10 American Words That Completely Confuse Brits!

October 22, 2019 33 By Stanley Isaacs


There are some American words that Brits just
do not understand, it’s like a different language. So today we’re going to look at ten of the
most confusing American words. We’re going to count down from ten to number one, the
most confusing word. So let’s kick off with number ten. Number ten, realtor. I don’t even
know if I am saying that correctly. Guys maybe you should correct me in the comments below.
Realtor. Now in British English we would say estate agent, it’s somebody that sell houses.
Now I get it, I get the connection because a realtor works in real estate. Real estate
is property in American English. So someone that is selling houses works in real estate.
I get it so realtor is the person and real estate is the industry but I don’t even know
if I am saying it correctly. So realtor, in British English estate agent. Ok, et’s get
on to number nine. Station wagon. I quite like the sound of this word, station wagon.
It sound exciting to me. Obviously it’s to do with transport but I have some crazy ideas
about what a station wagon is. Then I googled it, I was a little bit disappointed. A station
wagon in British English is an estate car. So it’s a longer car, it’s extended. The boot,
or trunk in American English, is extended too so it has more space for bags and bikes
and whatever you want to put in there. So station wagon in American English, estate
car in British English. Number eight, sneakers. Now I’m a bit more comfortable now with this
word now I have heard it many more times but when I first heard it I thought it was a chocolate
bar. I was like yeah I want a sneakers, absolutely, yeah that sounds delicious. It’s not a chocolate
bar, it’s a pair of trainers. In British English trainers, so in American English sneakers,
British English trainers. So sports shoes, shoes that you might wear for running or to
the gym whatever it might be. Number seven, cilantro or American English cilantro. Yeah
that is my pronunciation, apologies. So cilantro in British English is coriander, it’s the
herb that we use in cooking. So in American English cilantro, British English coriander.
I still kind of get that one confused, I have to think cilantro, ok alright yeah yeah yeah
it’s coriander I remember. Sticking with the food theme number six eggplant. Now again
I’ve heard this one enough times now that I do finally understand that eggplant is aubergine
in British English but to begin with I had no idea. And I was a little bit disappointed
because I love eggs and I thought maybe there might be a plant that made eggs, it’s not
true. Anyway eggplant in American English, aubergine in British English. Number five
this is one I did not know until I was researching this video, I had no idea. Blinker. A blinker
in British English is an indicator. So it’s that flashing light that you have on your
car right side and left side to show that you are going to either turn right or turn
left. So in British English we would say an indicator because you are indicating where
you want to go, you are showing where you want to go. In American English a blinker,
so is it your right blinker and your left blinker? Guys tell me in the comments below,
I don’t know. Tell me how to use this word because I’ve never heard of it before. So
do you turn on your blinkers? Don’t know! I don’t know! Anyway in British English indicator.
Alright number four and I have never heard this phrase before chutes and ladders. What’s
chutes and ladders? Chutes? Again I had to Google this one. Ok, chutes and ladders is
a famous game that in British English we would say snakes and ladders. You know it’s that
board game where you go up the ladders and then you go down the snakes. But in American
English you go up the ladders but down the chutes. I kind of get it because like a rubbish
chute is like a tube that you throw rubbish down and it kind of goes down into the basement
or wherever the bin might be. So I guess I understand why it’s a chute, it makes sense
going down. It’s ok, in fact it makes more sense than a snake but I prefer the snake.
Anyways chutes and ladders in American English, snakes and ladders in British English. Alright
number three, I didn’t know this word until about a month ago and even now I don’t know
how to spell it. I was like in Google and I was typing all the different variations
I could. Finally I found the correct spelling, the pronunciation I’m not quite sure but faucet
or faucet. It’s definitely not that! Turn off the faucet! Yeah it’s not that I know,
ok! So a faucet, I’m going to say faucet cos that’s how I say it is a tap. So in British
English we say tap in American English they say faucet. Sorry faucet. I mean totally different
word. Never, I’ve never ever had to use that word, I’ve never seen it written, I’ve barely
heard anyone say it. Do Americans say it? I don’t, you guys tell me. But yeah if you
are ever in America and you want to use the tap you can say ‘Excuse me where is the faucet?’
Number two we are getting close, we are counting down to number one. Number two, sophomore.
I had know idea what this word meant until I heard it used about a basketball player.
So sophomore, I think is someone in their second year of college or their second year
of high school. I think. I don’t know, I’m going to check this, hang on I’m going to
double check this. Yes, ok I was right it is. So someone in their second year of college
or high school. In British English we don’t have a word for that, I don’t know. I don’t
know what that is. You are in your second year, that’s what we’d say. Certainly in university
you’d say I’m in my second year or I’m a second year student maybe. But we don’t really have
a word for that. Obviously I have taught the word freshman before. Freshman is the first
year of college or high school in America. In British English it’s a fresher. So first
year of university you are a fresher. Alright, are you ready for number one? Because this
one is crazy! Number one, the most confusing American word, bangs! What! What are bangs?
What on earth is/are bangs? I had to find out, I had to research it, I had to Google
it and I found out what bangs are. In British English we would say a fringe. It’s when you
have hair down here like this. I’m so confused about how you use it because in British English
we would say a fringe. So ‘she has a fringe’ but in American English there’s no a, there’s
no article. So ‘she has bangs’. So there’s no article but is has an s, but it’s not countable,
it’s uncountable. So confusing! So ‘I love your bangs’ means I love your fringe, ok alright.
So if i went to the hairdresser I would say in British English can I get a fringe, please?
Can I get a fringe? But in American English what would you say? Can I get bangs? I guess,
right? Can I have bangs? I don’t know! So confused. When I first heard that, I was like
that’s crazy. Because bang, to bang a drum, you know, you bang a drum, you make a noise
or I heard a bang it’s like a loud sound but bangs, it’s a type of hairstyle. Woah! Alright
so you can see why these ten words, in British English we don’t even use these words so they
are super confusing when we hear them. Once you learn them then you are alright. So hopefully
now you guys, if you are ever speaking to someone using American English or you are
over in America, you will know what these ten words mean. Alright guys I hope you enjoyed
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