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British - American English - Vocabulary List - N - Z

Here you will find words that have different meanings or are spelled differently in American and British English.

British EnglishAmerican EnglishGerman
N
nappydiaperdiaper
national insurance numbersocial security numberSocial security number
neighborneighborNeighbor
gradebillBank note
notice boardbulletin boardBulletin board
number platelicense plateLicense plate
P
a pack of cardsa deck of cardsa game of cards
a packet of cigarettesa pack of cigarettesa box of cigarettes
pantsunderpantsUnderpants
paraffinkerosene / kerosenepetroleum
pavementsidewalksidewalk
pedestrian crossingcrosswalkPedestrian crossing
pepperbell pepperpaprika
petrolgaspetrol
phone boxphone boothPhone booth
plansairplaneplane
polo neckturtleneck Turtleneck
postmailpost
post codeZIP codePost Code
postmanmailmanpost man
pram, pushchairbaby carriage, baby buggy, stoller stroller
prawnshrimpPrawn, shrimp, prawn
primary schoolGrundschule
grade school
primary school
programsprogramprogram
Q
to queueto line upstand in line, stand in line
quidbuck1 pound / 1 dollar bill
R.
railwayrailroadrailroad
receptionfront deskReception, reception
to ringto callcall
roadway pavementroadway
roundabouttraffic circle, rotaryRoundabout
backpackbackpackbackpack
rubbererasereraser
rubbishgarbagerubbish
S.
sharefloorshare
Shopstoreload
shop assistantsales clerkSaleswoman
sicknauseatedbe bad
single ticketone-way ticket"one way" ticket
SorryExcuse me.Forgiveness.
StretcherwrenchAllen key
sports dayfields daySports day
public schoolprivate schoolPrivate school
floorinventoryInventory (of articles)
subwayunderpassStreet underpass
sultanaraisinraisin
sweet shopcandy storeCandy store
T
tapfaucetwater tap
taxicabtaxi
termsemesterHalf-year, semester
theatertheatretheatre
timetablescheduleTimetable
tincanCan
toilet, loobathroom, restroomToilet
town centerdowntown, city center City center
torchflashlightflashlight
trainerssneakersSneaker
tramstreetcartram
traveledtraveledtraveled
trolleycartHandcart; Shopping venture
trouserspantstrousers
tiretiretires
U
underground, tubesubwaySubway
underlaycarpet paddocument
undertakermorticianUndertaker
V.
vestundershirtUndershirt
W.
waistcoatvestvest
walletbillfoldwallet
wardrobeclosetwardrobe
to washwash upwash (yourself)
wingfenderfender
Y
yearjust(School) class
Z
zebra crossingcrosswalkPedestrian crossing
zipzipperzipper

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