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Important differences between American and European English



Most of the differences between American and European English are merely incidental — maybe interesting as a curiosity or helpful in refinement of usage. But some are important.


European American

Day, month, year

Month, day, year

The nomenclature for dates is different.

Fag

Cigarette

In American, "fag" is an abbreviated form of "faggot," a hate-speech reference to a gay man.

Pissed means drunk

Pissed means angry

"Pissed off" means angry in both places. See also "taking the piss."...

Ride [n. or v.]

F*ck

In European English, you would ask for a "lift" in somebody else's car.

Don't use the word "ride" at all unless you're sure you know how the listener will hear it.