Can We Guess If You're British or American Based on the Words You Use?

By: Zoe Samuel

Can We Guess If You're British or American Based on the Words You Use?
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About This Quiz

There are all kinds of differences between the United Kingdom and the United States. Some are governmental: the U.S. has a federal structure and a president, making its executive branch separate and equal with its legislative and judicial branches. The U.K. has a parliamentary system: members of the legislature are elected to serve within it, and the largest party forms a government, drawing its executive ministers from within the legislature. And, of course, there's the monarchy.

Other differences between the two nations are financial. For example, the top tax rates kick in at lower brackets in the U.K. than in the U.S., but citizens get a lot more for a very similar overall tax burden, including healthcare that is free at the point of need. 

Other differences are cultural. For example, the U.K. makes quite a ritual out of drinking tea, while Americans tend to prefer coffee. Brits drive on the left, while Americans drive on the right. Only a few Brits own guns and, by law, keep them in gun cabinets, while many more Americans own guns and specific laws vary state to state.

However, few of the differences are as obvious as those surrounding language. Each country has a number of accents and idioms within its borders, and a person's use of these will often tell not just which nation they herald from, but where specifically. Can we pinpoint you, at least down to the country? Let's find out!

What do you call a long, thin deep-fried potato stick?
Used to call it a fry, now a chip (or vice versa).
Chip
Fry
Whatever my audience will understand

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What is a slang word for an adult man?
Dude or bloke
Geezer
Guy
Fella

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What slang word might you use to describe a police officer?
Copper
Rozzer
Cop
Thin blue line

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In the phrase, "It's 100 miles away," where is the emphasis?
It used to be MILES, now it's AWAY (or vice versa).
It's 100 MILES away.
It's 100 miles AWAY.
It changes daily!

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What do you call an outdoor party with food cooked on an outdoor grill?
Picnic or garden party
I have never attended such an event. Are you sure they are real?
Cookout
Barbecue

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What is a small, fast-leavened bread that is usually served with American Southern food?
Muffin-type-thingy
I don't know, but it sounds nice!
Biscuit
Frybread

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Is a crumpet the same thing as an English muffin?
Nope!
I don't think so, but I don't know what an English muffin is.
Probably
No, but fun fact: they don't have English muffins in England. That's branding by a U.S. company.

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What do you call beer that doesn't contain live yeast?
Crap beer
Not by any word I can say in public, that's for sure.
Great beer
American beer

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What is the smooth area beside a paved road that the people walk on?
Sidewalk, because everyone knows what that is.
Pavement
Sidewalk
Depends where it is.

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What is the thing on the end of your pencil that gets rid of what you've written?
A rubber if I am feeling naughty
Rubber
Eraser
Definitely not a rubber

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When people wait in an orderly first-come, first-served fashion, what is that collection of people called?
I don't even know any more, man.
Queue
Line
Queue or line

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What is a lowbrow but hearty restaurant where you go for a nice breakfast?
Cafe, two syllables
Greasy spoon
Diner
Caff, one syllable

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What is a black coffee?
It depends on what branch of what coffee place you are in!
Americano
Is this a trick question? It's just coffee.
Coffee black

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What is a puffy egg batter side dish called?
I don't know, but I want one.
Yorkshire pudding
Popover
Yorkshire popover?

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What is bacon called that isn't in long thin strips?
Non-streaky bacon?
Back bacon
Canadian bacon
Stupid bacon

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What is a slang word for a sandwich?
Sub
Sarnie
Sub or poorboy
Hero

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What is a catch-all term for the final course of a meal?
After
Pudding
Dessert
Sweet

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What is a cute insect that is usually red with black dots on the back, like a domino?
Ladybog? Birdylaid? I don't remember!
Ladybird
Ladybug
I usually just describe it.

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What is the thing you twiddle above the sink to make water come out?
It used to be tap, now it is faucet (or the other way around).
Tap
Faucet
Either tap or faucet

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What is a sleeveless, woolly layer of clothing that goes above a T-shirt but below a coat?
Sleeveless sweater
Jumper
Sweater
Sweater vest

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What does a baby wear so that it does not soil everything?
Pampers
Nappy
Diaper
Huggies

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What have you done if you've topped yourself?
Something that is probably good
Killed myself
Beaten my previous best score
Something very good or very bad

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What have you done if you've boned a fish?
I have never done this.
Taken the bones out to eat it.
Something really unspeakable that nobody should ever do to a fish!
Something hilarious, or just cooking. It depends.

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How many stairs do you go up to reach the first floor?
Depends where I start, surely?
One flight
None
Depends on the building.

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What is the large box on a cable that carries people between floors in tall buildings?
Mostly lift because it is shorter.
Lift - it only has one name.
Elevator
Either is fine.

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What does a trainer do?
Sucks in your waist.
Goes on your foot.
Trains you.
Helps you get in shape.

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What do you call the undergarment you wear on the lower half of your body?
Undies - you just can't go wrong with that.
Pants
Panties
At this point, I get specific, e.g., briefs, boxers, thong, bikini, etc.

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What might be referred to by the slang term "bog"?
Anywhere you don't want to be
Toilet
Swamp
Definitely a bathroom

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If you have a nice shag on the living room floor, what did you do?
Hire a designer, one imagines.
Something awfully naughty that I can't tell you about.
Got a new carpet, obviously.
Either I got carpet, or I got carpet burn.

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What is the front of the car called?
Fender
Bonnet
Hood
Either bonnet or hood

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