Can You Tell if This Was This Written By An American or a Brit?

By: Annette
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About This Quiz

Are you a bit of an Anglophile? Take this quiz to find out if you can recognize the difference between American and British writing.

Huh? The difference between American and British writing? Isn't it all English. Well, although it is all certainly English, there is a difference between American and British writing. It's not just all in the accent, either (that's a whole other topic... and quiz subject).

One of the primary differences between American and British writing is the use of "s" in the place of "z" in some instances. For instance, where we Americans write "organize," a Brit would write "organise." Looks weird, we know, and your spell check program would probably explode if you tried to write the word that way (believe it or not, there is a setting in most spell check programs that allows for variations of English). However, writing this word, and many others with an "s" instead of a "z" is considered correct in England, and in many other countries, for that matter. In fact, some people insist that we Americans should also use an "s" instead of a "z" in the same instances, but we won't go into the politics of the matter here.

Let's get started.

Place the french fries on the cookie sheet.

In America, you place the french fries on the cookie sheet. In Britain, you place the chips on the baking tray.

Let's prepare a beetroot salad.

In Britain, beetroot salad makes a tasty lunch. In America, we just eat plain beets.

It's best to eat a cookie with your coffee.

In America, it's best to eat a cookie with your coffee. In Britain, it's much more agreeable to eat a biscuit with your tea.

Our family lives in the same block of flats.

In Britain, it's possible to have your family live in the same block of flats. In America, they can live in the same apartment building.

Drink-driving is illegal in this country.

In Britain, drink-driving is illegal. In America, drunken driving is illegal.

Throw that trash in the garbage can!

In America, you throw trash in the garbage can. In Britain, you throw it in the dustbin.

The estate agent sold me the house.

In Britain, the estate agent will sell you the house. In America, the real estate agent will do it.

Fish sticks and french fries make a great meal.

In America, fish sticks and french fries make a great meal. In Britain, fish fingers and chips are preferred.

The pipe is made of aluminium.

In Britain, aluminium is the material of choice. Of course, in American English, it's aluminum.

This is where soccer is played.

Of course, soccer is played in America. In Britain, football is the name of the game.

We're celebrating a hen night!

In Britain, you let your hair down for hen night. In America, we call it a bachelorette party.

Hot soup can lead to a hot flash.

In America, hot soup can lead to a hot flash. In Britain, that same soup will lead to a hot flush.

It's best to buy a new pair of trainers.

In Britain, it's possible to buy a new pair of trainers. In America, we refer to them as sneakers.

She was embarrassed by her Christmas jumper.

Only in Britain can you be embarrassed by a Christmas jumper. In the States, you're never ashamed of your Christmas sweater.

The portly gentleman preferred to wear a vest.

The portly gentleman preferred to wear a vest in America. In Britain, he traded that in for a waistcoat.

Would you like some crisps with your sandwich?

In Britain, it's favorable to eat crisps with your sandwich. In America, chips serve the same purpose.

I'm hungry.

In America, people get hungry. In Britain, folks get peckish.

Blue is the colour of the sky.

In Britain, blue is the colour of the sky. In America, the sky is the same color.

We travel on an airplane.

In America, we travel on an airplane. In Britain, it's best to travel on an aeroplane.

Please write me a cheque.

In Britain, you request that someone writes you a cheque. In America, you merely ask for a check to be written.

The cat has grey eyes.

That's a tricky one! In Britain, the cat has grey eyes, but in America, it has gray eyes.

Fancy some courgette noodles?

In Britain, you might enjoy a healthy bowl of courgette noodles. In America, you'd enjoy them as zucchini noodles.

Care for some eggplant parmesan?

A delightful Italian delicacy in America is eggplant parmesan. In Britain, that would be aubergine parmesan.

I can live off jacket potatoes.

In Britain, there's nothing like a satisfying jacket potato. In America, it's just a plain baked potato. Or a spud.

This is where you ride the subway.

America is where you have to ride the dreaded subway. In Britain, you take the underground, or the Tube.

You can buy pain medication at the chemist.

Only in Britain will you find pain medication at the chemist. In America, you find it at the pharmacy.

There are no phone booths anymore.

In America, there are no phone booths anymore. In Britain, you can still find phone boxes.

To find the engine, lift the bonnet of the car.

To find the engine, you life the bonnet of the car in Britain. In America, you lift the hood.

The pebble cracked the windshield.

Only in America can a pebble crack a windshield. In Britain, it will crack the windscreen.

I popped a tyre.

In Britain, you pop a tyre. In America, you pop a tire. It all sounds the same.

Fancy an Indian takeaway?

In Britain, Indian food is a popular takeaway. In America, you're more likely to get Chinese takeout.

Just send it through the post.

In Britain, things get sent through the post. In America, you send those things through the mail.

The Plough was shining in the night sky.

At night in Britain, the Plough can shine through the night sky. In America, it's the Big Dipper that we see.

Let's take the family on vacation.

In America, it's fun to take the family on vacation. In Britain, it's preferable to go on holiday.

I almost got hit by a lorry!

In Britain, it's a bad day if you get hit by a lorry. In America, it's equally a bad day when you get hit by a truck.

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