U.S. vs. U.K. common terms

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  1. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    U.S. U.K.
    trolley tram
    gas(oline) petrol
    hood bonnet (car)
    baby carriage pram
    buddy mate
    cop copper (police)

    There are many more. How did this evolve?
     
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  3. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    When populations don't really mix with each other (e.g. due to a vast body of water between them and no quick/easy method of traversing) there is no competition between the terms adopted by each geography. So no "fight for survival" of those terms. That'd be my guess.

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  7. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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  8. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    Yanks can save your ass in world wars though...
     
  9. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    They come late if they don't start them

    Want help in the ones they start

    Loose all of those

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  10. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    We can spell though. It's "lose"

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    We come in "late" because they were your wars. We have to give you time to win (fail).

    There haven't been any U.S. wars since WWII. We've been involved in a few "conflicts" since then and although we could win them the cost in human casualties would be too high. We shouldn't have been in any of them of course but we both know that if there was a legitimate reason to win them we could but there would be little of the original country left. We decided to leave a bit of Iraq and Afghanistan standing and now even Vietnam is largely capitalist in fact if not in name.

    We "protect" most every developed country so they don't have to spend much on their military budget and when they "help" it's always from the rear because they don't really have any modern systems

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  11. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    It's typo

    Came in late because became your war with Pearl Harbour

    (fail) - was not going to happen

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  12. origin Heading towards oblivion Valued Senior Member

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    Language is continually changing. Language is changed primarily by young people, todays slang is tomorrows proper language.
     
  13. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    blonde with two leg (aussie only ?)


    UK extravaganza
    USA ?
     

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