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American English words that mean the opposite in British English.





Over the course of years, American and British English have diverged, resulting in words meaning different things in each variety. Here is a list of common words meaning different things, in alphabetical order.

1. Biscuit

In American English, it means a bread-like soft item.
In British English, it means a cookie.

2. Bonnet 

In American English, it means a piece of head-wear.
In British English, it means the front of an automobile.

3. Boot

In American English, it means one of your shoes.
In British English, it means the storage found in the back of a car.

4. Chips

In American English, it means thin, flat, and oval-shaped munchies.
In British English, it means French Fries.


5. Coach

In American English, it means a person who teaches something.
In British English, it means a type of bus.

6. Fall

In American English, it means the Autumn season.
In British English, it means to fall down.

7. Football

In American English, it means the American Football.
In British English, it means the European Football, or soccer. 

8. Hire

In American English, it means to hire someone for work.
In British English, it means to borrow something for a period of time.

9. Jumper

In American English, it means to literally jump.
In British English, it means a sweater.


10. Lift

In American English, it means to get a ride in another person’s vehicle.
In British English, it means to get on an elevator.

11. Pants

In American English, it means a pair of trousers.
In British English, it means the underwear, or panties. 

12. Rock

In American English, it means a chunk of stone.
In British English, it means a type of hard candy.

13. Rubber

In American English, it means a condom.
In British English, it means an eraser.

14. Trolley

In American English, it means the tramway.
In British English, it means the shopping cart.

15. Trainer

In American English, it means the gym trainer.
In British English, it means the training shoes.

16.Vest

In American English, it means a garment worn over the shirt.
In British English, it means a garment worn under the shirt.

Let me know in your comments if I missed out on something.

Comments

  1. Not exactly opposite, but I know what you mean.
    I have two more, but, is this a family site?

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  2. Britspeak: Bonnet is also headwear just as a hood is! Boot is also footwear whereas a trunk is an elephant's nose or a very large suitcase. I think that hire can also be used with the same meaning, as in car hire. Pants also means something that is very bad. Off your trolley means insane. Trainer has the same meaning as in US English, but it is trainers that mean sneakers! You missed the best one: Flamable and inflamable, but there is a twist in this.

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  3. In American English, a jumper is also a woman's dress - the sleeveless kind that requires a shirt under it.

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