Do You Know The British Words For These Common Items?

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English is one of the most commonly spoken languages around the world. But while a significant number of its native speakers live in North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom, there are actually more non-native speakers of English than native speakers! Because it's spoken by millions of people, the language differs from country to country. But it's the British who are credited as being the creators of the great language! And they use quite a number of unique words. We promise you, this quiz is "cracking"!

How well do you know your British English words? Could you fake your way through a "football" match at a British pub? This quiz just might inspire you to take a trip across the pond. Take it and find out!

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1. There’s a "bloke" walking down the street in your direction.

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  1. A wolf
  2. A rich woman
  3. A mascot
  4. A man
A "bloke" is an informal British English word for "man". "Bloke" is also used in countries like Australia and South Africa.
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2. Richard and Sally are caught "snogging". What would an American say they are doing?

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  1. Dancing
  2. Arguing
  3. Making out
  4. Gazing into each other’s eyes
"Snogging" is much more than a peck on the cheek. To "snog" someone is to kiss them passionately or make out with them.
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3. If you're looking for a “flat” in London, what do you want to find?

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  1. Cave
  2. Bar
  3. Table
  4. Apartment
A "flat" is a British English word used to refer to an apartment or residence in a multi-unit building. The word is sometimes used in parts of Canada and New York.
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4. Americans call them potato chips, but the Brits call them:

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  1. Crisps
  2. Saltines
  3. Nuts
  4. Shavings
"Crisps" is the British English equivalent to potato chips. They’re thinly-sliced potatoes that are fried until crunchy.
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5. Michael is going out with his "mates" on Friday night. Who is he going out with?

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  1. His girlfriend
  2. His pets
  3. His grandparents
  4. His friends
When you hear the word "mate", you may think of pairs of birds or animals. But in British English, "mate" describes a friend or companion.
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6. If you need to use the bathroom in the UK, ask to use the...

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  1. Potty
  2. Sauna
  3. Loo
  4. Rocker
A "loo" is British slang for the toilet, restroom, or bathroom.
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7. While Americans watch TV, Brits watch the:

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  1. Camera
  2. Radio
  3. Telly
  4. Cell phone
"Telly" is a term used to describe a television. Many people want to watch the telly after a long day at work.
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8. In the United States, you wait in line for your coffee. In the UK, you stand in the:

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  1. Queue
  2. Billiards
  3. Edge
  4. Crease
The British English word, "queue", describes a line of people waiting to receive a service. The word is seldom used in the United States.
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9. Americans eat fries with their burgers, but the Brits eat...

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  1. Cut-ups
  2. Mash
  3. Chips
  4. Polenta
"Chips" are long, thin pieces of fried potatoes that are usually served with a meal. In America, they’re called "French fries".
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10. Diana's dad just realized that THIS needs changing.

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  1. Her beanie
  2. Her mittens
  3. Her nappy
  4. Her ninglet
A "nappy" is a piece of cloth or paper that is fastened around a baby’s bottom. It is similar to an American "diaper".
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11. In the US, you get takeout. But in England, you order:

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  1. Whatever
  2. Errand food
  3. Takeaway
  4. Grabbaway
"Takeaway" is a meal that is cooked by a restaurant and then "taken away" by the customer. It is the British English equivalent to "takeout".
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12. Americans take "vacations", while the British go on...

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  1. Desertion
  2. Party breaks
  3. Holiday
  4. Furlough
To "go on holiday" is the British equivalent of the American "go on vacation".
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13. There’s a debate as to what THIS no-hands sport is actually called. If you're in England, it's:

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  1. Badminton
  2. Football
  3. Polo
  4. Curling
"Football" is one of the most popular sports and is played around the world. In American English, the same sport is known as "soccer".
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14. In America, you use an elevator to go up or down. But in the UK, you take the:

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  1. Hoister
  2. People mover
  3. Step ladder
  4. Lift
A "lift" is a device used to carry people and/or goods up and down a building. It is essentially an elevator.
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15. Candice was "gobsmacked" by the season finale of "Love is Blind".

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  1. Bored
  2. Joyful
  3. Fired-up
  4. Shocked
"Gobsmacked" is an English and Scottish term which suggests that the person is astonished, shocked, or astounded. The word is stronger than "surprised".
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16. They come in flavors like chocolate chip, sugar, and snickerdoodle. In Britain, they're all called...

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  1. Tarts
  2. Candy
  3. Pudding
  4. Biscuits
The British have used the word "biscuit" for centuries to describe a variety of hard or crisp baked goods. Careful! While all cookies are biscuits, not all biscuits can be called cookies.
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17. What do Brits use to fuel their cars?

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  1. Medicine
  2. Water
  3. Petrol
  4. Honey
Petrol, short for petroleum, is a type of liquid used as a fuel for motor vehicles. It is the equivalent of gas or gasoline in American English.
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18. In the United States, Sue is wearing pants. In Britain, she is wearing...

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  1. Brasiers
  2. Kaftans
  3. Sarongs
  4. Trousers
In British English, "trousers" are what Americans call "pants". If you're in England, don't call them pants! In British English, the word "pants" is short for "underpants".
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19. The quickest way to get from point A to point B is by taking the...

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  1. Drill
  2. Horse & carriage
  3. Mines
  4. Underground
In the UK, the "underground" consists of trains that travel in tunnels below the ground. In London, it’s called “the tube”.
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20. In England, you’ll need THIS if you want to see in the dark:

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  1. Flambeau
  2. Torch
  3. Switchboard
  4. Citronella
A "torch" is a battery-powered electric light that is carried by hand. Americans will probably call a "torch" a "flashlight".
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21. The teacher was "cheesed off" by her students’ attitude. She was:

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  1. Excited
  2. Annoyed
  3. Pleased
  4. Moved
If you’re "cheesed off" by a situation, then you’re annoyed or angry about it.
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22. It's really hot during the English summer, so stock up on some "ice lollies".

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  1. Gelatos
  2. Popsicles
  3. Sherberts
  4. Kulfis
In British English, an "ice lolly" is a frozen treat consisting of ice cream or frozen fruit on a stick. It is the British equivalent to a "popsicle", a brand which became a household name in the United States.
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23. If you’re feeling "peckish" in the middle of the night, you are:

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  1. Scared
  2. Hungry
  3. Surprised
  4. Excited
"Peckish" is a British term used to describe the feeling of being hungry. It comes from the word "peck", which birds do when they bite food with their beaks.
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24. In England, the part of a car used for storage is called a:

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  1. Derriere
  2. Boot
  3. Log
  4. Stem
In British English, a "boot" is the part of the car used to hold items that can’t be accessed without stopping the vehicle. It is the same as the "trunk" in the United States.
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25. Bernice was "gutted" that she wasn't invited to Eric’s party. She was:

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  1. Disappointed
  2. Relieved
  3. Sick
  4. Amazed
"Gutted" is a British term that refers to a person’s devastation, disappointment, or sadness about a situation.
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26. In England, you need a stamp to send out your:

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  1. Food
  2. Snapchats
  3. Carrier pigeons
  4. Post
In British English, the "post" refers to letters that are delivered to your home or place of work. It’s the same thing as what Americans call "mail".
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27. Anthony had too much to drink and was "pissed" by the end of the party. How is he feeling?

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  1. Really friendly
  2. Really drunk
  3. Really sweet
  4. Really happy
"Pissed" is a British term that means very drunk or intoxicated. When Americans say “pissed”, however, it means that someone is angry or annoyed.
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28. To make an impression at the dance, Eric puts on his finest...

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  1. Swimsuit
  2. Hankerchief
  3. Corset
  4. Waistcoat
In British English, a "waistcoat" is a garment of clothing similar to a man’s vest. It is a sleeveless garment worn on the upper body. It is usually worn over a dress shirt.
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29. Katherine said “cheers” when she got her coffee from the barista. What did she mean?

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  1. "Thank you"
  2. “Sing”
  3. “Go away”
  4. “I love you”
In American English, the word "cheers" expresses well wishes before drinking something alcoholic. In British English, it also means "thank you".
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30. After misspelling a word, Chloé used THIS to correct her mistake.

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  1. Slate
  2. Spatula
  3. Rubber
  4. Strainer
In the United Kingdom, a "rubber" is a piece of rubber used to remove markings on a piece of paper, i.e. an eraser.
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31. To describe a suspicious person in the UK, call them...

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  1. Outstanding
  2. Supernatural
  3. Dodgy
  4. Outré
In British English, the word "dodgy" means evasive or tricky, or someone who is questionable or suspicious.
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32. Potatoes don’t wear clothing unless they’re baked in the UK. This is a:

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  1. Party potato
  2. Jacket potato
  3. Couch potato
  4. Happy potato
A "jacket potato" is a large potato that has been baked with its skin on, mimicking a person wearing a jacket. Most Americans would call it a "baked potato".
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33. Penelope was "chuffed" when she found out she won the lottery. She was...

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  1. In love
  2. Pleased
  3. Scared
  4. Sad
Are you feeling pleased, delighted, or satisfied? Well, you must be feeling "chuffed", a British term that comes from Welsh rugby.
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34. It gets chilly in the winter in London! Don't forget to put THIS on before you go out.

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  1. Singlet
  2. Pyjamas
  3. Jumper
  4. Bow tie
In British English, a "jumper" is an item of clothing equivalent to a "sweater" in American English. The term comes from the French word “jupe”, which means a short coat.
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35. David's feeling a little bit...

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  1. Knackered
  2. Rinky dinky
  3. Damp squib
  4. Hunky dory
The word "knackered" is used in British, Irish, and even Australian English to describe tiredness or exhaustion.
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36. Need to pick up your medication in England? Head to the...

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  1. Paleontologist
  2. McDonald’s
  3. Chemist
  4. Reflexologist
No, you’re not going to a laboratory. In British English, the word "chemist" is used to describe a pharmacy.
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37. In the US, turn on your "blinker" before turning the corner. In the UK, turn on your...

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  1. Needle
  2. Hand
  3. Horn
  4. Indicator
The word "indicator" is used to describe a blinker or turn signal. It's not used to describe someone who blinks a lot.
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38. Use a "crosswalk" in the United States, but walk across this zoo-themed crossing in the UK.

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  1. Stars & stripes
  2. Street painting
  3. Construction site
  4. Zebra crossing
A "zebra crossing" is a British phrase for the marked black-and-white stripes where people walk across the road. It’s the same as a crosswalk or a pedestrian crossing.
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39. If you get an answer right on your test, Americans give you a "checkmark". But the British call it a:

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  1. Tick
  2. Pyramid
  3. Cylinder
  4. Rhombus
A "tick" in British English is a mark made beside a name or list of items to show that it is correct or has been taken care of.
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40. "Stag night" in Great Britain is THIS in the United States.

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  1. Bachelor party
  2. Bunco soiree
  3. Hen party
  4. Chap jamboree
A "stag night" is a common British term used to describe a party for a man who is going to get married soon. It’s basically a bachelor party.
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41. After high school, US students go to college, while British students go to...

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  1. The British School of Etiquette
  2. Uni
  3. Primary School
  4. Escuela
"Uni" is British English slang used to refer to university or college.
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42. Your British coworker keeps "whinging" about the boss. What are they doing?

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  1. Praising
  2. Eyeing
  3. Complaining
  4. Singing
The British term "to whinge" means to complain or to whine, especially when it is about something trivial.
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43. How would the English say 7:30?

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  1. Thirty to eighteen
  2. Half-seven
  3. Ten past twenty past seven
  4. Eight-three-o
In the UK, "half-seven" describes the time seven-thirty (7:30).
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44. Sam took a "kip" after lunch.

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  1. A train
  2. An extended break
  3. A walk
  4. A nap
In British English, the word "kip" is used to describe a nap of generally up to two hours.
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45. In America, use suspenders to keep your pants from falling. In the UK, use:

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  1. Braces
  2. Corset
  3. Hoodie
  4. Necktie
"Braces" are a pair of straps that people wear over their shoulders in order to hold up their pants. Its equivalent in American English? Suspenders.
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46. Peter lost one stone, how much weight is that in pounds?

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  1. 14 pounds
  2. 100 pounds
A "stone" is a British unit of mass that is equal to 14 pounds. The term dates back to 1835.
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47. Grab one of THESE at the supermarket. It beats carrying your groceries by hand!

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  1. Railway
  2. Go-Kart
  3. Trolley
  4. Pram
A "trolley", specifically a shopping trolley, is a small vehicle that has two to four wheels and is pushed or pulled to transport objects, like groceries.
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48. Brits love to eat THIS at the carnival. Do you?

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  1. Candy floss
  2. Donkey tails
  3. Sugar buns
  4. Balls of sweetness
"Candy floss" is the British equivalent to "cotton candy" in American English. It is so named for the thin threads of sugar that make up the treat. Just don't use it to clean your teeth!
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49. You can wear them at the gym, to go running, or just for style. What are they?

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  1. Trainers
  2. Loafers
  3. Galoshes
  4. Oxfords
In British English, "trainers" is a word used to describe any kind of shoe people wear for running or to play sports. In America, they are called "sneakers" or "tennis shoes".
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50. An "eggplant" in the United States is called what in Britain?

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  1. Rocket salad
  2. Parsnip
  3. Beetroot
  4. Aubergine
An "aubergine" in British English is used to describe the purple vegetable commonly called an "eggplant" in the United Sates. In the United States, "aubergine" refers to the color of an eggplant.
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