Quiz: How Well Do You Know The Differences Between British And American English?

Americans think British English is weird, Brits think American English is weird, but we can all agree: Australian English is the weirdest.
November 11, 2020
Quiz: How Well Do You Know The Differences Between British And American English?

The United States and England have had a complicated relationship. But really, staying friends with an ex is never easy. And while the two countries have only been separated since 1776, their languages have deviated plenty. Part of this was on purpose: Americans, wanting to forge a new identity, made some conscious choices to change the way they spelled words. Other parts, not so much (and keep in mind, “British” and “American” English aren’t monoliths). With the two populations separated by an entire ocean, it’s no surprise that British versus American English would become an issue.

Think you’ve mastered the dialects on both sides of the pond? We’ve gathered together some questions that span spelling, pronunciation and vocabulary differences in our British versus American English quiz. And even if you do get some wrong, we’ve added in some context so you can learn more about the differences between these two dialects. Best of luck!

Test Your Knowledge With Our British Versus American English Quiz

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Thomas Moore Devlin
Thomas grew up in suburban Massachusetts, and moved to New York City for college. He studied English literature and linguistics at New York University, but spent most of his time in college working for the student paper. Because of this, he has really hard opinions about AP Style. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and getting angry about things on Twitter. He's spent a lot of time trying to learn Spanish, and has learned a little German.
Thomas grew up in suburban Massachusetts, and moved to New York City for college. He studied English literature and linguistics at New York University, but spent most of his time in college working for the student paper. Because of this, he has really hard opinions about AP Style. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and getting angry about things on Twitter. He's spent a lot of time trying to learn Spanish, and has learned a little German.

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