British and American English – Vocabulary – N – Z

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

British English American English
nappy diaper
national insurance number social security number
neighbour neighbor
note bill
notice board bulletin board
number plate license plate
a pack of cards a deck of cards
a packet of cigarettes a pack of cigarettes
pants underpants
paraffin kerosene/kerosine
pavement sidewalk
pedestrian crossing crosswalk
pepper bell pepper
petrol gas
phone box phone booth
plane airplane
polo neck turtleneck
post mail
post code zip code
postman mailman
pram, pushchair baby carriage, baby buggy, stoller
prawn shrimp
primary school elementary school
grade school
programme program
to queue to line up
quid buck
railway railroad
reception front desk
to ring to call
roadway pavement
roundabout traffic circle, rotary
rucksack backpack
rubber eraser
rubbish garbage
sandpit sandbox
share stock
shop store
shop assistant sales clerk
sick nauseated
single ticket one-way ticket
skipping rope jump(ing) rope
soft toy stuffed animal
Sorry. Excuse me.
spanner wrench
sports day fields day
public school private school
stock inventory
subway underpass
sultana raisin
sweet shop candy store
tap faucet
taxi cab
term semester
theatre theater
timetable schedule
tin can
toilet, loo bathroom, restroom
town centre downtown, city center
torch flashlight
trainers sneakers
tram streetcar
travelled traveled
trolley cart
trousers pants
tyre tire
underground, tube subway
underlay carpet pad
undertaker mortician
vest undershirt
waistcoat vest
wallet billfold
wardrobe closet
to wash wash up
wing fender
year grade
zebra crossing crosswalk
zip zipper

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