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13 Dec 2019, 6:20 pm

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Cilantro = Coriander
Chips = Crisps
Fries = Chips
Biscuits = Scones
Cookies = Biscuits
Jelly = Jam
Scallions = Spring onions
Zucchini = Courgette
Eggplant = Aubergine
Popovers = Yorkshire puddings
Cupcakes = Fairy cakes (These days they're called cupcakes)
Self rising flour = Self r a ising flour
All purpose flour = Plain flour
Groundnut oil = Peanut oil (Highly refined peanut oil is not required to be labeled as an allergen. Studies show that most people with peanut allergy can safely eat this kind of peanut oil. But avoid cold-pressed, expelled or extruded peanut oil, sometimes called gourmet oils.)




Does anyone have any more to add to the list? It doesn't have to be food!! Please check the list before you post.



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13 Dec 2019, 7:04 pm

So THAT is what "cilantro" is!

When I was a kid mom always had a bottle of coriander in her spice rack.

But since around the start of the 21st Century they have this new thing called "cilantro". Didn't realize that those two spices are the same thing. :D



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13 Dec 2019, 7:11 pm

truck vs lorry

Trunk vs boot

chick vs bird

babe vs bird

dude vs mate

bub/bud/buddy vs mate

guy vs bloke

line up vs cue

And then there is 'fag' , or 'fa***t', which means "cigarette" in the UK, but means something completely different in the USA.



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13 Dec 2019, 7:19 pm

trolley vs shopping cart
holiday vs vacation
mobile vs cell phone
wank vs jerk off


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13 Dec 2019, 8:07 pm

take out vs. take away
subway vs. tube
expressway vs. motorway
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13 Dec 2019, 8:11 pm

We have both jelly and jam, at least where I live. They sell it in seperate jars at Walmart..


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13 Dec 2019, 8:14 pm

TV - Telly
Apartment - Flat
Biscuits - Scones
Cookies - Biscuits
Fries - Chips
Hamburger - Burger
Bet - Wager
Cigarette - Fag


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14 Dec 2019, 1:32 am

naturalplastic wrote:
So THAT is what "cilantro" is!

When I was a kid mom always had a bottle of coriander in her spice rack.

But since around the start of the 21st Century they have this new thing called "cilantro". Didn't realize that those two spices are the same thing. :D


I didn't realise "cilantro" was such a new word.



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14 Dec 2019, 1:34 am

TheRevengeofTW1ZTY wrote:
We have both jelly and jam, at least where I live. They sell it in seperate jars at Walmart..


I guess that's like using different names for cake here. Ooh, forgot to add these:

Jello = Jelly
Jelly = Jam :D
Mom = Mum.



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14 Dec 2019, 1:39 am

naturalplastic wrote:
And then there is 'fag' , or 'fa***t', which means "cigarette" in the UK, but means something completely different in the USA.


We used to use those in the UK a lot more often than now, maybe in the 90s/early 00s.

We never use "rubber" for "eraser" anymore in the UK either. Apparently in the US, "giving someone a rubber" means giving them a condom.



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14 Dec 2019, 1:42 am

Stroller = Pushchair/Pram.



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14 Dec 2019, 3:06 am

Yes, we have both "jelly" and "jam" in the US. Sold in separate jars. Gawd only knows what the difference is.

Brits used to call an "eraser" a "rubber", but apparently that usage has died out in the UK.

Oddly enough in the US, when I was in grade school in the Sixties galoshes were called "rubbers", and there was some overlap in the late sixties when "rubbers" could mean either galoshes or condoms before the later meaning drove the other out. :lol:



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14 Dec 2019, 7:20 am

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Yes, we have both "jelly" and "jam" in the US. Sold in separate jars. Gawd only knows what the difference is.

Brits used to call an "eraser" a "rubber", but apparently that usage has died out in the UK.

Oddly enough in the US, when I was in grade school in the Sixties galoshes were called "rubbers", and there was some overlap in the late sixties when "rubbers" could mean either galoshes or condoms before the later meaning drove the other out. :lol:


I think Jam actually has bits of real fruit in it. Where Jelly is more like fruit juice that's been gelatinized.


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14 Dec 2019, 9:50 am

I googled it, and that does seem to be the difference.

Jam is mashed up fruit flesh, and jelly is just made from the juice.



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14 Dec 2019, 3:07 pm

Bible thumping = Bible bashing.



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14 Dec 2019, 3:08 pm

TheRevengeofTW1ZTY wrote:
naturalplastic wrote:
Yes, we have both "jelly" and "jam" in the US. Sold in separate jars. Gawd only knows what the difference is.

Brits used to call an "eraser" a "rubber", but apparently that usage has died out in the UK.

Oddly enough in the US, when I was in grade school in the Sixties galoshes were called "rubbers", and there was some overlap in the late sixties when "rubbers" could mean either galoshes or condoms before the later meaning drove the other out. :lol:


I think Jam actually has bits of real fruit in it. Where Jelly is more like fruit juice that's been gelatinized.



Jelly sounds tastier. I want to try strawberry jelly.