to descend on a rope (US: rappel). From German abseilen.
calculating and tracking financial matters (US: accounting).
UK accounting is
explaining oneself or one's actions ("to give an account" or
"accountability" in the ),accountancy is
the profession. U.S.A.
the action figure toy sold in the
as G.I. Joe. US
advertisement (US and
also: ad, commercial (on TV)). UK
the author of an agony column – a magazine or newspaper column advising on readers' personal problems. The image presented was originally that of an older woman providing comforting advice and maternal wisdom, hence the name "aunt". Better known to most Americans as a "Dear Abby" column or advice column. Similarly, agony uncle.
an Air Force officer of high rank (US: general)
announcement on train or bus on approaching the last stop (US: All out)
Both "amidst" and "amid" are common in the
UK, whereas in the "amidst" is often
considered old-fashioned. US
Still in wide usage in the
with the alternative among also used. Amongst is considered archaic
usage, but is still occasionally used. US
a jacket with a fur-lined hood is generally called a "parka,"
technical differences between the two garments notwithstanding. As a slang term
for someone with an obsessive interest in a niche subject (most famously,trainspotters),
"anorak" is also a Britishism (no direct US analog, but similar to the
Japanese "otaku," which has migrated into US English). US
(originally from trademark Ansafone) automated telephone answering device (US and
also: answering machine). UK
direction opposite to clockwise (US: counterclockwise).
(old-fashioned) school for juvenile delinquents; reform school. Such institutions have not been referred to officially as "approved schools" since 1969. Juvenile delinquents, depending on their age and level of malfeasance, may now be sent to Secure Training Centres (for ages 15 to 18) or YOIs (Young Offender Institutions – a prison for offenders aged between 18 and 21). (US: juvenile detention center, JDC, juvenile hall, (slang) juvie.)
(informal) a disagreement ranging from a verbal dispute to pushing-and-shoving or outright fighting.
buttocks, backside or anus, depending on context (US equivalent: ass); to be arsed: to be bothered to do something, most commonly as a negative or conditional (e.g. I can't be arsed, if/when I can be arsed).
[to fall] arse over tit
(vulgar) [to fall] head over heels. (US: ass over tea kettle).
abbreviation of 'articulated lorry' (US: semi, semi-trailer truck, tractor-trailer).