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DIVIDED BY A COMMON TONGUE: A Quiz about the Differences between American and European English

America and the rest of the English-speaking world are united by a shared language, but there are still occasions when that common tongue lets us down. This fun quiz focuses on those linguistic mismatches. In each question, you’ll be given an American term and have to choose the most appropriate European English equivalent. Check out how well you know how we speak in Ireland and Britain! And be sure to share your results in the comments 🙂

Cover image composite of this (public domain) and this (creative commons).

  • Question of

    What do we call sneakers in Ireland and Britain?

    • Trainers
    • Bussers
    • Boaters
  • Question of

    How do we say ‘second floor’ over here?

    • Ground floor
    • First floor
    • Next floor
  • Question of

    Airplane

    • Airoplane
    • Aerplane
    • Aeroplane
  • Question of

    Chips

    • Crunchies
    • Crisps
    • Munchies
  • Question of

    Cookie

    • Biscuit
    • Scone
    • Muffin
  • Question of

    Cotton candy

    • Dental candy
    • Cotton floss
    • Candy floss
  • Question of

    Crosswalk

    • Walkacross
    • Zebra crossing
    • Crossstripe
  • Question of

    Eggplant

    • Aubergine
    • Purple zucchini
    • Tomato egg
  • Question of

    Elevator

    • Uplift
    • Floorlift
    • Lift
  • Question of

    Eraser

    • Rubber
    • Condom
    • Razor
  • Question of

    Fries

    • Frenchies
    • Chips
    • Chunkies
  • Question of

    Gas

    • Petrol
    • Diesel
    • Gasoil
  • Question of

    Hood

    • Beanie
    • Cap
    • Bonnet
  • Question of

    Parking lot

    • Parker
    • Autopark
    • Carpark
  • Question of

    Sweater

    • Jumper
    • Leaper
    • Tanker
  • Question of

    Truck

    • Corry
    • Lorry
    • Torry
  • Question of

    Vacation

    • Vacancy
    • Vactime
    • Holiday
  • Question of

    Zucchini

    • English cucumber
    • Shamrock fruit
    • Cornette
    • Corvette
    • Courgette

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