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US and British English Differences Quiz
by Staff
Brits and Americans may speak a common language, but you might be surprised to find out just how much English can differ from one side of the pond to the other. See if you can spot the differences between English in the U.S. and the U.K.

Where would you store your suitcases on a road trip in the U.K.?

  • the shoe
  • the boot
  • the trunk

Where would you pick up a prescription medication in England?

  • pharmacy
  • compounder
  • chemist

Where does Harry Potter live, according to the Brits?

  • in a cupboard
  • in a closet
  • in a bedroom

What is the British term for what Americans call an apartment?

  • let
  • meet
  • flat

What would you ride to get to another floor of a tall building in London?

  • lift
  • riser
  • cable car

In the U.S., babies wear diapers. In the U.K., babies are clad in these.

  • nippies
  • nappies
  • noppies

What fuels British vehicles?

  • fuel
  • petrol
  • gas

Where's the best place to throw your trash if you're in England?

  • trash can
  • the ground
  • rubbish bin

True or false: You probably shouldn't wear your pants out in public in the U.K.

  • true
  • false

What do the British wear over their legs, then, if not pants?

  • trousers
  • ascots
  • chuffers

Which of these would you be most likely to snog?

  • your car
  • your spouse
  • your sandwich

Which of these is a British term for bangs, as in short hair that hangs over the eyes?

  • fangs
  • bangles
  • fringe

Which of these is NOT a British term for a total loser?

  • wally
  • prat
  • biscuit

How do the British spell "program"?

  • program
  • programme
  • prougram

How do the British spell "labor"?

  • labour
  • labore
  • laboure

If you say "I have already eaten," you are using the …

  • imperfect tense
  • past tense
  • present perfect tense

If a British person says she is chuffed, she is …

  • angry
  • pleased
  • tired

"I've got the hump" is British for …

  • annoyed
  • sick
  • happy

Which of these is an appropriate response to "Bob's your uncle"?

  • I don't have an uncle.
  • Sorry you're having a bad day.
  • Wow, impressive.

If a Brit tells you "knees up," it's time for …

  • a party
  • bed
  • to eat

What would people in the U.S. call a chin-wagger?

  • liar
  • gossip
  • singer

Who took all of those u's out of British words for American use?

  • George Washington
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Noah Webster

What is paper money called in the U.K.?

  • notes
  • bills
  • checks

What is a restaurant tab called in the U.K.?

  • note
  • check
  • bill

True or false: Tabling a discussion puts it back on the table in England.

  • true
  • false

True or false: In the U.K., the first floor of a building won't generally be at ground level.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Only people in the U.S. study math.

  • true
  • false

True or false: The Brits don't pronounce the "h" in "herb."

  • true
  • false

What do you need to drive a car in England?

  • driver's license
  • driving licence
  • off licence

In England, people starting over are given a …

  • new lease of life
  • new lease on life
  • life lease