Where it's not obvious:
BE = British English, AE=American English and indicates
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pan (on a car)
universally used, it is included here because there is so much controversy
surrounding the origin of the word! Nobody really knows the word's
origins, although many theories abound. For more details, see the
discussion on Where Did Okay Come From?
in the Encyclopedia.
or immigrant farmer
It is short for the Oklahoma people who fled the dustbowl
during the depression. The term is sometimes used as an insult.
Coined by Captain William Driver in 1831, although initially he
applied it to his ship's flag.
The original product was oleomargarine, but is now shortened
to oleo in the US. The origins are in a product which is a
mixture of clarified beef fat and milk products.
This is the downstairs front seating in a theatre. In the UK,
properly known as the orchestral stalls, but nowadays just
as the stalls
cream biscuit (brand name)
A round biscuit of chocolate wafers, with a white cream filling.
Originally marketed by the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco).
They are probably the biggest selling biscuit in the world, and a
great mystery has surrounded just what is in the white cream filling.
In his book, Bigger Secrets, William Poundstone suggests that
it is basically about 7 parts of fat to 3 parts sugar. The surface
pattern on the chocolate wafers was designed by William A Turnier.
Strictly speaking, this is already a BE word, but its use
in Britain is much less common than in the US
lane, nearside/inside lane
This is exactly the opposite meaning to the BE meaning!
Americans consider the lane furthest from the centre of the road to
be the outside lane, whereas the British consider this to be
the inside lane. This can be very confusing, especially when
talking about overtaking on the "inside" or "outside".
but fully cooked (sort of)
Eggs that are turned over during cooking, so that the white is
cooked, but the yolk remains uncooked. Alternatives are over medium
where the yolk is slightly cooked, and over well (done) or
over hard where the yolk is solid