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  21-Jan-2004
1996-2004
  Mike Todd

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Where it's not obvious: BE = British English, AE=American English and ext-link indicatorindicates an external link

Eaves trough
 

Gutter
Although gutter is known throughout the US as a term something designed to channel water, particularly along the edge of a roof, in northern US the term eaves trough is often used.

Efficiency
 

Self-catering apartment or bed-sit
An efficiency appartment is a small apartment usually containing a combined sleeping/living area, with a bathroom and basic cooking facilities. It may be used to describe a self-catering apartment in a motel, or a more permanent bed-sit.

Eggplant
  Aubergine
8-8-16
  Prison cell
More likely to be encountered in old movies, the term is based on the dimensions of a prison cell.
Elevator
  Lift
Emergency brake
  Hand brake
England/English
  Many Americans will, incorrectly, refer to anyone from the United Kingdom as "English". Unfortunately, many people from the UK get very upset at this. It's due to a mis-understanding, and in some ways is no different to the typical British view that California or Florida or New York represent the entire US. Some Americans do, like those in the US, refer to those from the UK as "British", which in itself is a slight misnomer ... for more on this, see the entry for British.
English
  spin (on a ball)
To apply a bit of English to a ball, whether it be thrown or rolled, is to apply a side-spin to the ball.
English Muffins
  Muffin
An English Muffin is really what BE would simply call a muffin. That is a round piece of bread dough, usually toasted. The term is used to differentiate this from the American muffin (qv) which is a small, sweet bread roll more like a small cake than a bread.
Eraser
  Rubber
This could either be a normal pencil rubber or a blackboard rubber. Bear in mind that in US slang, a rubber usually means a condom!
Erector Set
  Meccano
Estate Agent (BE)
  Realtor (AE)
Although the term Estate Agent is known in the US, it literally means an agent who works for an estate. In the BE sense of someone who sells properties, or real estate, the Americans have Realtors.
Every which way
  In all directions
Exemption
  (tax) Allowance
A tax exemption is more or less the same as our tax allowance, which is the amounts allowed for individual, dependents and so on
Expressway
  Motorway

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