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Use this tag for questions about equivalents of English words in other English dialects, e.g. "truck" vs. "lorry".

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How to be 'ornery' in BE?

I'm looking for the best BE substitute for the AmE word "ornery" in the phrase "an ornery bunch". Complicating the task for this second-language speaker of English is that ...
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British equivalent of "taking a rain check"

Is there a British equivalent of "taking a rain check"? It would be very useful to have a phrase that I can say to British people which means "I need to cancel and I'd like to ...
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The use of "keep" to mean "put away" (possibly dialectal or novel usage)

In Welsh, cadw, the verb corresponding to the English verb keep can be used to mean put away or store (something) in its appropriate place. Welsh-speakers will sometimes be teased for transferring ...
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An Audio Equivalent for 'Optically' [duplicate]

I was recently involved in a discussion on headphones, and realized I came short on a word for 'Audio' that could be used in the same way the word 'optically' is used for 'Optics'. For example, I ...
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Less formal equivalent of " like a gentleman "

There is " like a gentleman ", as in : " Act like a gentleman " / " You're a gentleman, act like one ". Is there anything less formal ? " Like a dood " maybe ? or simply " behave " ?
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Clued-in or clued-up (on something)

Here's what Merriam Webster has to say about clued-up: "British, informal: having a lot of information about the latest developments: He's totally clued up on/about the latest computer ...
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What word do other countries use in place of "hoon"?

In Australia (and seemingly New Zealand), "hoon" is actually used quite liberally (despite being informal), from media to law and parliament. Essentially it describes a person who partakes in the act ...
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What is the idiom 'what more could one ask for' in American English?

My teacher said that this idiom would never be told by an American and is British English. What is an alternative way to say this in American English?
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Is there any female equivalent to ‘Esq’ or ‘Esquire’?

‘Esq’ or ‘Esquire’ is used as an honorific before (or after) the name of a male individual. Link: Is there any female equivalent to ‘Esq’ ...
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AmEng equivalent for BrEng "circus"

Is there a word in American English that comes anywhere close to what British English circus encapsulates, that is, Chiefly British An open circular place where several streets intersect. (AHDEL) ...
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AmEng equivalent for BrEng "decorator"

Oxford Dictionaries Online defines [interior] decorator as follows: 1.1 chiefly North American A person whose job is to design the interior of someone’s home, by choosing colors, carpets, materials,...
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Does the term "mass hero" exist in Western Countries?

"Mass Hero" is a popular term in India, especially down south, which implies an actor who has the versatility to sing, dance, romance, fight, laugh, cry, make the audience laugh and cry, apart from ...
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Is there an American English equivalent for the British "moggie" for a non-purebred cat?

I'm an American (and fond of cats). I'm familiar with the British term "moggie" for a non-purebred cat--basically the equivalent of "mutt" for a dog. I've never heard any American English equivalent ...
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