Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Some idioms in British English have similar equivalents or phrasing in American English.

   British English / world English                                  American English

To blow one’s own trumpet                                      to blow one’s own horn
Like a cat on hot bricks                                        like a cat on a hot tin roof
To lock the stable door after the horse has bolted to lock the barn door after the horse is stolen
A storm in a teacup                                         a tempest in a teacup/ teapot

Match the words in British English with their equivalents in American English:

British English / World English                           American English
Interval (in a cinema)                                     windshield
Jug                                                        zee
Rise (in salary)                                           sink
Shop assistant                                             flashlight
Single (ticket)                                            witness stand
Torch (battery operated)                                   sales clerk
Washbasin                                                  raise
Windscreen                                                 intermission
Witness box                                                one way
Zed                                                        pitcher


nancy john said...

I think everyone wants to ensure that they present their best work at all times. This is so whether someone is writing in English or another language.

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sara said...

Of course a good certification program should teach most or all of these topics, and it's common for schools to give an orientation before teaching starts.

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