I’ve noticed that during my time in America I will find myself in conversations where certain words mean something different to whoever I’m talking to. As a result it can get quite frustrating explaining what I mean all the time. So to make things a little easier (or just giving myself a chance to vent), here are all the words that cause so much confusion between myself and everybody over here. These may not be the same in different states, or maybe not the same in other parts of Minnesota but they are definitely like this in Crosby.
Essentially I’m going to write the American word first, then it’s equivalent in English. There are no pronunciation or spelling changes mentioned here because that would take all day and I’d just end up getting annoyed (Aluminum…hahaha no). Right, everybody understand? Here we go.
|Paper Towels||Kitchen Roll|
|Garbage Can (outside)||Dustbin|
|Love Seat||…2 seater|
|Clue (board game)||Cluedo|
|Sorry! (board game)||Ludo|
|Trouble (board game)||Frustration|
|Lays (snack company)||Walkers|
Highway (2 lane ones)
And that’s all I can think of at the moment. If you’ve got one I’ve missed, let me know with a comment. Otherwise I’ll just keep adding any words that cause confusion until I have all of them here. Then maybe by that point I won’t have any more conversations where I have to explain what I mean. I’m not holding out much hope though.