Q is for Queen’s English
Written by Kerry E.B. Black
I have friends “across the pond.” I treasure them and find their accents entrancing. It is interesting, though, the differences in our languages. We all speak English, but there is a vast difference between American English and the Queen’s English.
George Bernard Shaw wrote that England and America were two countries separated by the same language. Oscar Wilde in 1887 said something similar. “…these days we have everything in common with America except language.” Of course, Thomas Jefferson in the later 1700’s famously made up words specifically to distance the new nation from Britain.
Below are some examples of words used differently.
Chips French fries
Crisps potato chips
Dust bin trash can/garbage can
Fringe (hair) bangs (hair)
Tube or underground subway
Pram/push car stroller
Some of these could cause embarrassment and confusion in the wrong situation, especially the difference in interpretation of rubber.