it's not obvious: BE = British English, AE=American English and
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the 1880s. if you attended a baseball game that was rained off, you'd be given
a rain check which would allow you free admission to a future game. It
then got applied to vouchers given to customers when a stores special-offer goods
have run out. It is
now commonly used in the expression "take a rain check", which means
to decline an invitation for the moment, but with the understanding that you'll
take it up at a later date
As a boy's name this is almost unknown in the UK, since the word
means sexually eager, or in US terms, horny.
It is a formal title, and should only be applied to those who are
members of the National Association of Realtors.
name comes from the sunburned necks of white labourers. It has been applied to
any poor, white, country yokels since the 1830s. Over the years, the word started
to imply that someone was backward, a bit of a lout, a racist or with fixed uncompromising
bit like a car boot sale, but at home and in the garage|
want to clear out their homes, they will frequently hold a garage sale
- which in New England may be called a red-tag sale.
While the British
would hire a car, the Americans rent one. Basically, the Americans
rent things, but hire people.
When you turn in to an American rest area off a highway,
you'll see just how "approx" it is. American rest areas are usually
large, with parking for many cars. Many have toilets, outdoor tables and chairs,
and even barbecue grills ... some have telephones and vending machines. There
are also the much larger rest areas, much more like the British motorway service
stations, where there will be restaurants (usually fast-food style), shops and
a petrol station. Some rest areas, with only toilets and tables, will have a security
guard on site ... these staffed rest areas are generally very safe - but it is
important to be cautious about unstaffed rest areas, particularly after dark.
Also, be aware that some rest areas are placed between the two carriageways, which
means that you will have to enter from and leave onto the fast lane.
or phone AE|
Americans never ring someone up. They
animals on the road|
soft drink was originally an adaptation of a herbal tea, made in a New Jersey
Inn. It was first marketed as Hires Herb Tea, after Charles Hires, a Philadelphia
druggist. It became known as root beer when it was promoted at the 1876
Philadelphia Centennial celebrations.The "root" in root beer is usually
sassafras root, possibly with dandelion root, juniper berries, hops and wintergreen.
Some British visitors find the taste of root beer most unpleasant, probably because
the wintergreen is quite strong and reminds them of ointments, such as Germolene
- indeed, I've heard root beer described as fizzy Germolene.|
has it that Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, made up the first Stars
and Stripes flag for George Washington. However, the story is almost certainly
untrue, having been made up by her grandson in the 19th century.|
Just one of a number of names for roundabout. However, they are very rare
in the US. They either use traffic lights or 4-way or 3-way junctions where all
traffic must come to a dead stop, and then priority goes to the first to have
The thing you clean the blackboard with, or rub-out pencil marks, (a rubber
in BE) is an eraser, and shouting "does anyone have a rubber" in
classmight turn a few heads!
In this sense, rug is known on both sides of the Atlantic.
However, BE uses rug also to mean a light blanket, as you might
sit on at a picnic, or cover yourself in a car (as in car rug) - in this
sense, AE uses throw.
This is the turnip, rather than the nationality