AMERICANISMS.

MANY BRITISH READERS have trouble understanding American publications because of certain differences in vocabulary between our two dialects. As a service to his many readers overseas, Dr. Boli explains a few of the more common Americanisms they may encounter in their reading.

Americans call a car park a parking garage.

A moving stairway is an escalator.

A lift is an elevator.

A film is a motion picture.

A boss is a chief executive officer.

A house is a machine for living.

A plan is a housing development.

A school is an achievement center.

A shrink is a clinical psychotherapeutic practitioner.

A roundabout is a rotational multiple-access vehicular intersection.

A motorway is a controlled-access high-speed multiple-lane simultaneous movement system.

A cup is a cylindrical gravitationally operated beverage-delivery system.

Parliament is the United States in Congress Assembled.

Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith, Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess of Merioneth, Baroness Greenwich, Duke of Lancaster, Lord of Mann, Duke of Normandy, Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Garter, Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Sovereign of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Sovereign of the Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick, Sovereign of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Sovereign of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Sovereign of the Distinguished Service Order, Sovereign of the Imperial Service Order, Sovereign of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Sovereign of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, Sovereign of the Order of British India, Sovereign of the Indian Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of Burma, Sovereign of the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert, Sovereign of the Royal Family Order of King Edward VII, Sovereign of the Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of the Companions of Honour, Sovereign of the Royal Victorian Order, Sovereign of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, Sovereign of the Order of Canada, Sovereign of the Order of Australia, Sovereign of the Order of New Zealand, Sovereign of the Order of Barbados, Sovereign of the Order of Valour, Sovereign of the Order of Military Merit, Sovereign of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Sovereign of the Queen’s Service Order, Sovereign of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of St. Andrew, Sovereign of the Order of Logohu, Sovereign of the Order of the Star of Melanesia, is “Barack.”

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  1. […] Eh! Filed under Amusement Tagged Barack Comment (RSS)  |  Trackback  |  Permalink […]

  2. Explains so much.

  3. You left out “Sovereign of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Chamber Pot”.

  4. […] In APRIL, answering the prayers of many in the swollen ranks of the unemployed, we published a number of suggested Answers to Common Job-Interview Questions. For the benefit of readers outside the United States, we also explained a few common Americanisms. […]


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