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December 21, 2012

Indian English and American English – Part II

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Indian English                       American English

Aerial (for TV)                        Antenna

All year                                   All year or year-round

American football                   (similar to Rugby in UK) Football                 

At weekends                           On weekends             

Autumn                                   Fall

Barrister                                  Trial lawyer

Basin                                      Bowl (basin means bathroom sink)

Bath                                        Shower (when you fill tub and sit to wash, it is a bath)

Beggar                                     Panhandler

Bookstall                                 Newsstand

Bucket                                     Bucket or pail

Camp bed                                Cot or roll-away

Chewing Gum                         Gum

Cell                                          Battery

Cinema                                    Movie theater

Clever                                      Smart or bright

Cooling glass                           Sunglasses

Colony                                     Neighborhood

Creche                                     Daycare

Cricket (a game)                      Cricket (an insect)

Curriculum-vitae or Bio-data  Resume

Current                                    Electricity

Current account                      Checking account

Deposit account                      Savings account

Diary                                       Journal

District or Taluk                      County

Doctor                                     Doctor or Physician

Dustbin                                   Trash can

Earth wire                               Ground wire

Flat                                         Apartment ("flats" mean shoes without high heels)

Ex-serviceman                         Veteran

Football                                   Soccer

Hoarding                                 Billboard

Hotel                                       Restaurant

Gang                                       Mob

Garage                                     Garage, Shop, Service station

Garbage                                   Trash

Garden                                    Yard

Give test                                  Take test

Goods                                     Freight

Goods wagon                          Freight car, Container

Gramophone                           Phonograph, Turntable, Record player

Grill                                         Broil

Guest house                            Motel

Gum (adhesive)                       Glue

Goggles                                   Sunglasses

IBM-Compatible                     IBM-Clone

Inflammable                            Flammable

Jug                                           Pitcher

Kiosk                                       Booth

Lawyer                                    Lawyer or Attorney

Lift                                          Elevator

Ltd.                                         Inc.

Main city area                         Downtown (most of the time), Uptown

Mate                                        Friend ("mate" is used only for spouse)

Mess                                        Dorm cafeteria

Mixee                                      Mixer

Multi-storey                            High-rise, Skyscraper

Nice                                         Nice, Cool

Operation theatre                    Operating room

Perks                                       Perks, Fringe benefits, Benefits, Employment benefits

Photograph                              Picture

Picture                                     Movie

Plot of land                             Lot

Policeman                                Policeman, Cop, Police officer

Porter                                      Doorman

Nappies                                   Diapers

Notepad                                  Notepad, Scratchpad

Ordinary share                        Common stock

Pack of cards                          Deck of cards

Paisa                                        Penny, One cent

Past performance                    Track record

Pin code, postal code              ZIP code

Point, PowerpointOutlet,        Electrical outlet

Postbox                                   Mailbox (for home/apartment) Postbox (for rented box located in

                                                Post office)

Pram                                        Perambulator Stroller

Promenade                              Boardwalk

Race course                             Race track, The track

Queue                                      Line

Restaurant bill                         Restaurant check

Rs. 20 Note                             $20 Bill

Rubber                                    Eraser ("rubber" is the slang for condom!)

Snap                                        Picture

Solicitor                                   Lawyer, Attorney

Solid                                        Substantial

Spectacles                               Glasses

Suitcase                                   Suitcase, Baggage, Bag

Switchboard                            Power strip ("switchboard" is for a telephone operator)

Tap                                          Faucet

Talkies                                     Movie theater

Tea towel                                Dish towel

Timber                                    Timber, Lumber

Tin (of food)                           Can

To dispatch                             To ship

To fix                                      To install

Toilet                                       Restroom

Torch                                       Flashlight

To repair                                  To fix

Trade union                             Labor union

Transistor                                Radio

Two-in-One                             Boom box

Washing clothes                      Doing laundry

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