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As a student of English, you need to be aware of some of the differences between American English and British English. On this page you will find two lists. The first is a list of American vocabulary items and their British equivalents. The second is a list of words that are pronounced the same in both America and Britian but which are spelled differently. These lists are not exhaustive, but they do include many of the most commonly used words in English.

Differences in Vocabulary
American English British English
attorney, lawyer barrister, solicitor
bathrobe dressing gown
can (of beans) tin (of beans)
cookie biscuit
corn maize
diaper nappy
driver's license driving license
drug store chemist's
elevator lift
eraser rubber
flashlight torch
gas, gasoline petrol
hood of a car bonnet of a car
living room sitting room, drawing room
raise in salary rise in salary
restroom loo, public toilet, WC (water closet)
schedule timetable
sidewalk pavement, footpath
sink basin
soccer football
stove cooker
trunk of a car boot of a car
be on vacation be on holiday
highway motorway
two weeks fortnight
intersection crossroads
truck lorry, van
streetcar trolly
trash rubbish, garbage
billfold wallet
washing up liquiddishwashing liquid
French fries chips
napkin serviette
breadbox breadbin
silverware cultlery
can opener tin opener
spatula fish slice
counter worktop
wastebasket bin

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Differences in Spelling
American English British English
theater, center, liter theatre, centre, litre
color, honor, labor, odor colour, honour, labour, odour
jewelry, traveler, woolen jewellry, traveller, woollen
skillful, fulfill skilful, fulfil
check cheque
curb kerb
forever for ever/forever
jail gaol
program programme
specialty speciality
story storey (of a building)
tire tyre (of a car)
realize, analyze, apologize realise, analyse, apologise
defense, offense, license defence, offence, licence (n.)
burned burnt (or burned)
dreamed dreamt (or dreamed)
smelled smelt (or smelled)
spelled spelt (or spelled)
spoiled spoilt (or spoiled)

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