Jargon Among UK and United States Bingo Players

Jargon Among UK and United States Bingo Players

25 July 2016

While on the shores of each side of the Atlantic Ocean speaks English there are surprising differences in British and American lingo. I recall the first time I was among mixed company in a chat room.

After talking a bit to one player from UK they mentioned they were “pissed”. I asked why are you “pissed”? “I’ve drank a whole bottle of wine” for which I replied “but why would that make you so angry”? Well after some confused conversation back and forth the light bulb finally goes off! Pissed means drunk in the UK where as in the US it means angry.

Here is an interesting list of differences:

UK vs US

Takeaway = Fast food

Aeroplane = Airplane

Torch = Flashlight

Ground Floor = First Floor

Nappy = Diaper

Rubber = Eraser

Biscuit = Cookie

Sweets = Candy

Engaged = Busy

Flat = Apartment

Lift = Elevator

Bum Bag = Fanny Pack

Wellies = Rain Boots

Cheers = Thanks

Pitch = Field

Fags = Cigarettes

Boot = Trunk

Jumper = Sweater

Another funny conversation took place while I was visiting Plymouth, England. Browsing in a store and carrying an arm full of items I asked one of the employees if they had any carts. Looking at me a bit confused she said “Cart? What kind of Cart? I said put these items in and she chuckled for a second and said “oh you mean a “trolley”!

I have learned a lot of slang expressions too from my UK bingo friends and after having a lucky winning streak I like to say everything is “hunky-dory”!


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