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    unfavorable words

    A friend of mine who can't stand American English is going to come visit me this week. Please name me some American English words or sentences that seem unfavorable to British English speakers so that I can tease him a bit if necessary.
    I think I already know some:
    -sidewalk
    -ain't
    -gonna
    -excessive usage of the question tag "right?"
    -excessive usage of simple past instead of present perfect
    -excessive usage of words like "awesome", "great", "huuuuuge", etc.
    -calling a group of females "guys" or "dudes"
    -"Liverpool has great players" instead of "Liverpool have great players"

    Please name me some more.
    Last edited by krisfromgermany; 23-Jan-2017 at 05:18.

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    #2

    Re: unfavorable words

    So what do Brits call a sidewalk?

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    #3

    Re: unfavorable words

    Pavement

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    #4

    Re: unfavorable words

    I think gonna is equally prevalent in British and American English. Wanna may be more distinctively non-British, though it has been (very irritatingly to me) widely adopted by the world Internet community.
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    Re: unfavorable words

    faucet (tap)
    hood (bonnet of a car)
    trunk (boot of a car)
    sidewalk (pavement)
    suspenders (braces to hold up your trousers)
    braise (roast)
    sneakers (trainers)
    pants (trousers)
    rutabaga (swede)
    eggplant (aubergine)
    scallions (spring onions)

    Those are the first AmE/BrE differences that spring to my mind.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: unfavorable words

    Ain't and gonna are very common in BrE and have been for centuries. If these wind your friend up, then it's his problem, not the variant's. Try saying herb and vitamin with an AmE pronunciation and asking to borrow his cellphone. Calling football soccer may work too.

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    #7

    Re: unfavorable words

    And of course there's everyone's favourite (or should that be favorite?) "I could care less". That still makes me want to stick pins in my eyes!
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    #8

    Re: unfavorable words

    Guys can be used for women in BrE, but calling him buddy may get right up his nose.

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    #9

    Re: unfavorable words

    Three things.

    I didn't know "braise" before.

    We use both "tap" and "faucet" over here.

    I also detest "I could care less".

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    #10

    Re: unfavorable words

    Braising and roasting are different techniques.
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