Although speakers of the two versions can communicate with each other, there is a saying (commonly attributed to the writer George Bernard Shaw) that ‘The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language’. There are some word differences between the two forms of English – particularly in topics such as food, clothing and the built environment – which can cause some (often amusing) confusion. Here are some fun illustrated examples. My favourite confusion is pants and trousers – which is yours?
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