Are you a bit of an Anglophile? Take this quiz to find out if you can recognize the difference between American and British writing.
Huh? The difference between American and British writing? Isn't it all English. Well, although it is all certainly English, there is a difference between American and British writing. It's not just all in the accent, either (that's a whole other topic... and quiz subject).
One of the primary differences between American and British writing is the use of "s" in the place of "z" in some instances. For instance, where we Americans write "organize," a Brit would write "organise." Looks weird, we know, and your spell check program would probably explode if you tried to write the word that way (believe it or not, there is a setting in most spell check programs that allows for variations of English). However, writing this word, and many others with an "s" instead of a "z" is considered correct in England, and in many other countries, for that matter. In fact, some people insist that we Americans should also use an "s" instead of a "z" in the same instances, but we won't go into the politics of the matter here.
Let's get started.
In America, you place the french fries on the cookie sheet. In Britain, you place the chips on the baking tray.
In Britain, beetroot salad makes a tasty lunch. In America, we just eat plain beets.
In America, it's best to eat a cookie with your coffee. In Britain, it's much more agreeable to eat a biscuit with your tea.
In Britain, it's possible to have your family live in the same block of flats. In America, they can live in the same apartment building.
In Britain, drink-driving is illegal. In America, drunken driving is illegal.
In America, you throw trash in the garbage can. In Britain, you throw it in the dustbin.
In Britain, the estate agent will sell you the house. In America, the real estate agent will do it.
In America, fish sticks and french fries make a great meal. In Britain, fish fingers and chips are preferred.
In Britain, aluminium is the material of choice. Of course, in American English, it's aluminum.
Of course, soccer is played in America. In Britain, football is the name of the game.
In Britain, you let your hair down for hen night. In America, we call it a bachelorette party.
In America, hot soup can lead to a hot flash. In Britain, that same soup will lead to a hot flush.
In Britain, it's possible to buy a new pair of trainers. In America, we refer to them as sneakers.
Only in Britain can you be embarrassed by a Christmas jumper. In the States, you're never ashamed of your Christmas sweater.
The portly gentleman preferred to wear a vest in America. In Britain, he traded that in for a waistcoat.
In Britain, it's favorable to eat crisps with your sandwich. In America, chips serve the same purpose.
In America, people get hungry. In Britain, folks get peckish.
In Britain, blue is the colour of the sky. In America, the sky is the same color.
In America, we travel on an airplane. In Britain, it's best to travel on an aeroplane.
In Britain, you request that someone writes you a cheque. In America, you merely ask for a check to be written.
That's a tricky one! In Britain, the cat has grey eyes, but in America, it has gray eyes.
In Britain, you might enjoy a healthy bowl of courgette noodles. In America, you'd enjoy them as zucchini noodles.
A delightful Italian delicacy in America is eggplant parmesan. In Britain, that would be aubergine parmesan.
In Britain, there's nothing like a satisfying jacket potato. In America, it's just a plain baked potato. Or a spud.
America is where you have to ride the dreaded subway. In Britain, you take the underground, or the Tube.
Only in Britain will you find pain medication at the chemist. In America, you find it at the pharmacy.
In America, there are no phone booths anymore. In Britain, you can still find phone boxes.
To find the engine, you life the bonnet of the car in Britain. In America, you lift the hood.
Only in America can a pebble crack a windshield. In Britain, it will crack the windscreen.
In Britain, you pop a tyre. In America, you pop a tire. It all sounds the same.
In Britain, Indian food is a popular takeaway. In America, you're more likely to get Chinese takeout.
In Britain, things get sent through the post. In America, you send those things through the mail.
At night in Britain, the Plough can shine through the night sky. In America, it's the Big Dipper that we see.
In America, it's fun to take the family on vacation. In Britain, it's preferable to go on holiday.
In Britain, it's a bad day if you get hit by a lorry. In America, it's equally a bad day when you get hit by a truck.