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December 21, 2012

Indian English and American English – Part III (Eggplant?)

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Pronunciation Difference

Indian English                       American English

Carolina                                   Carolaina

Regional                                  Riganal

Schedule                                 Skedul

Semi                                        Semai

Vitamin                                   Vaitamin


Indian English                       American English

Bill                                          Check

Carry bag                                Shopping bag

Chemist                                   Drugstore, Pharmacy

Cotton (reel of)                       Thread

Cotton wool                            Absorbent cotton

Dispensary                              Drugstore, Pharmacy

Drawing pins                           Thumb tacks

Expensive stores                     Upscale stores

Hair slide                                 Barrette

Jumble sale                              Garage sale, Yard sale

Line of open shops,                 Strip mall ("strip club" has a totally different meaning)

Material (by yard)                   Fabric

Provision store                        Grocery store

Provision store man                 Grocer

Shop                                        Shop, Store

Shop assistant                         Salesclerk

Shopping center                      Mall

Vegetable store                       Grocery store

Spelling Difference

Indian English           American English

Cheque                        Check

Centre                         Center

Colour                         Color

Dialled                        Dialed

Grey                            Gray

Jewellery                     Jewelry

Labour                         Labor

Omelette                     Omelet

Programme                  Program

Theatre                        Theater

Travelling                    Traveling


Indian English           American English

Charge call                  Collect call

Directory                     Phone book

Personal call                Person-to-person

Put the phone down    Hang up, Disconnect

Mobile Phone              Cell Phone

Reverse the charges    Collect call

STD code                    Area code

STD/PCO                    Public phone, Pay phone

Telephone call             Phone call, Call

To ring up                    To call/to give

To telephone               Buzz

Trunk call                    Long distance call


Indian English           American English

Dress circle                  Mezzanine

Houseful                      Full house

Gallery                         Balcony

Stalls                            Orchestra

Upper Circle                First balcony


Indian English           American English

Accelerate the car       Step on the gas

Air hostess                  Flight attendant

Bonnet                        Hood

Boot, dicky                 Trunk

Car accelerator            Gas pedal

Car parking                 Parking lot

Caravan                       Trailer or RV (recreational vehicle)

Coach                          Bus

Cycle                           Bike

Diesel                          Fuel (gas)

Footpath                      Sidewalk

Flyover                        Overpass

Gear stick                    Stick shift

Highway                     Freeway, Expressway, Interstate

Lorry                           Truck

Motorcycle                  Motor bike

Motor ways                 Freeways

Number plate              License plate

Overbridge                  Overpass

Pavement                    Sidewalk

Petrol                           Gas

Petrol pump                 Gas station

Punctured tire             Flat tire

Railtrack                      Railroad

Return ticket               Round trip

Silencer                       Muffler (a "silencer" is used to quiet the sound of a gun)

Signal                          Signal, Traffic light

Single ticket                One-way ticket

Take a lift                    Get a ride

Taxi                             Taxi, Cab

Traffic signal               Traffic light

Tram                            Streetcar

Underbridge                Underpass

Underground              Subway

Windscreen                 Windshield

Zebra Crossing            Crosswalk

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