It may be true that in Britain and the United States, the native language is English. However, don’t put your translation guides aside just yet: Just because we share the same language doesn’t mean we use the same words — and that fact can make things pretty confusing. The infographic below covers all manner of strange British counterparts to basic American words (or maybe we’re the strange ones). If you’ve ever had a conversation with a British person and wondered why you couldn’t understand what was going on, the answer might lie below. The British word for “eraser” might clear up that confusing and awkward conversation you once had with your English professor.
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