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British Food Words

Translate these foods and drinks from British to American English (US)
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  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jun 25, 2013
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British
American
Chips
Crisps
Biscuit
Fizzy Drink
Courgette
Aubergine
Back Bacon
British
American
Toffee Apple
Rapeseed Oil
Coriander Leaf
Candyfloss
Muffin
Maize
British
American
Ice Lolly
Beetroot
Broad Bean
Fairycake
Pawpaw
Jacket Potato
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level 34
Jul 15, 2013
I'm British and I've never used the term 'pawpaw' before, we always call it a papaya.Then again not many places sell them.
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level 34
Jul 17, 2013
agreed
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level 28
Jul 21, 2013
Agreed. Plus a fairy cake and a cup cake are two different things in the UK. A fairy cake is much smaller than a cup cake. I also got confused by muffin because I think of that as a cake as well (I looooove de cake!)
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level 47
Dec 27, 2015
Also on a fairy cake you usually cut out a bit from the top, fill the hole with buttercream, cut the bit you removed in half and stick them back on to make "wings"
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level 47
Nov 29, 2016
If ou cut the top out to make wings , i've only ever know it as butterfly cake.
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level 45
Oct 9, 2013
The pawpaw/papaya thing confused me, too. We have pawpaws here in Virginia but they are not another name for papaya -- they are pawpaw fruit that grow on a pawpaw tree. They're okay but a little squishy for my preference and the taste varies quite a bit. I've never seen them in grocery stores but they are available in September and October at the farmer's market.
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level 30
May 12, 2014
As an American, popsicle confused me. I tried so many alternate words and spellings and then finally gave up. I knew what an ice lolly was, but had no idea which American word you wanted for it. It can be a popsicle, an icicle, a freezer pop, an icepop... I even tried ice cream bar.
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level 72
Nov 19, 2014
My British dictionary says "pawpaw" can refer to either the custard apple (whatever that is) or the papaya, with the former being the primary meaning. So perhaps custard apple is another name for the pawpaw you get in Virginia.
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level 59
Jan 13, 2015
A custard apple is not a 'pawpaw' it is a cherimoya.
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level 66
Jun 10, 2016
An Australian custard apple looks much like an apple made out of crocodile skin :o)........
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level 56
Aug 23, 2016
I've lived in North America, England and Australia - it's only known as pawpaw in Australia.
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level 21
Nov 17, 2017
that's right its native to our people.
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level 41
May 17, 2014
Ditto. Never called a papaya anything other than papaya. Never seen it advertised or referred to as anything other than papaya.
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level 53
Dec 20, 2014
A custard apple is another name for a persimmon.
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level 66
May 23, 2018
Never!, a Persimmon is nothing like a Custard Apple:
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level 36
Nov 17, 2015
I am also British and had no idea what a PawPaw is also I call it corn not maize.
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level 34
Aug 29, 2016
Pretty sure corn and maize are two different things.
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level 59
Feb 22, 2018
In England, corn traditionally meant wheat. English settlers in America called the plant they found there "Indian Corn", which became shortened to corn. English people in England called the plant and its crop maize - derived from an Amerindian language. variants of which word are used by other European languages, such as Spanish, as well. Under the influence of America, we have now become used to popcorn, sweet corn, corn on the cob and corn flour, in which the word "corn" refers to maize, not wheat.
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level 38
Jul 17, 2018
...it's called indian corn in america...
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level 59
Jul 17, 2013
The answer for muffin was pretty hilarious.
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level 14
Jul 17, 2013
I so agree
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level 73
Jul 17, 2013
Equally shocking... in France they call French Onion Soup "onion soup."
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level 70
Jul 21, 2013
In fact they call it soupe à l'oignon
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level 73
Feb 22, 2018
not when they're speaking English
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level 64
Jul 15, 2018
They tend not to do that
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level 50
Jul 17, 2013
I thought a muffin was a type of cake for one and an English muffin was more of a bread type thing
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level 25
Jul 17, 2013
In france they call French kissing - American kissing hahaha
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level 23
May 19, 2015
A muffin is either a a type of cake - like a cupcake but lighter and bigger/taller, or a disk-like bread roll that you might have toasted.
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level 58
Mar 1, 2017
Your comments are making me hungry...
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level 38
Jul 17, 2018
...muffins are bread like crumpets...muffins with fruit and stuff in them are american cakes, like cupcakes only bigger because everything is bigger in america...
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level 58
Jul 17, 2013
I really liked this! I'm Australian and we use a combination of the two: We say biscuits, toffee apple, coriander, beetroot, broad bean & pawpaw same as the Poms, and we say Zucchini, Eggplant, Canola, English Muffin, Cupcake (although as a child we called them fairy cakes) the same as the Yanks. BUT we call Fries "Hot Chips" and Crisps "Chips", we call Fizzy Drink "Soft Drink", we call Cotton Candy "Fairy Floss" and we call Popsicles "Icy Poles" or "Ice Blocks". I'm sure other English speaking countries also have some interesting answers!
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level 55
May 12, 2015
Thanks for your interesting Oz alternatives! I love the phrase 'Icy Poles'! I'm gonna begin a campaign to get that into the vocabulary over here!
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level 56
Apr 25, 2016
Icy Pole is a band name, sometimes used a name for the food in general. Most people would say ice block.
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level 47
Feb 22, 2018
Fun fact: Popsicle is also a brand name. But they were invented in the US so I feel like we have a right to use that word haha.
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level 53
Jul 26, 2015
Yeah we also call fizzy drink "cool drink". I had no idea lava beans were broad beans, I used to wonder what Hannibal Lecter was talking about……ffvv ffvv ffvv ffvv!!!
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level 42
Sep 2, 2015
I agree! Our English roots and US influences have created a nice blend of both Englishes
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level 56
Apr 25, 2016
I wouldn't say any of those were American influences. They likely come from the same source the Americans got them from. For instance, zucchini is clearly Italian. Lots of Italians and Greeks in Australia.
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level 47
Feb 22, 2018
In my area of the US people very often call soda "soft drinks" as well, it's more common in the US than you may think! Also, some old folks where I grew up still simply say "drink," as in "Would you like lemonade, tea, or a drink?"
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level 66
May 23, 2018
In Australia Chips are not called Hot Chips, If you went into a Fish & Chip shop and asked for 'Hot Chips' you would get a strange look and a smart remark.
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level 56
Jul 17, 2013
the americans are so common. wow
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level 55
Jul 17, 2013
I don't think anyone in the UK would know what a 'pawpaw' is if you called it that, everyone I know/tv cooking shows would just call it papaya.
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level 36
Jul 17, 2013
the pawpaw is mentioned in a song in Jungle Book which I'm pretty sure is American, correct me if I'm wrong (like you need inviting)
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level 69
Aug 8, 2014
Jungle Book was written by Rudyard Kipling who was definitely British - born in colonial India. Animated movie was an American production
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level 55
Oct 8, 2014
"When you pick a pawpaw, or a prickly pear; and you prick a raw paw, then next time beware..." as sung by Baloo the Bear, but written by Terry Gilkyson, an American. So....presumably he chose 'pawpaw' as how the fruit is known in the US. It's a papaya to most UK chaps.
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level 60
Mar 30, 2016
Papaya is definitely known as papaya in the US. Pawpaws are a fruit that actually does grow in North America, and is related to the papaya, but are not that well-known here in the States by most people. Tropical papayas don't grow here (well, parts of Florida and in Hawaii, but that doesn't count), unfortunately.
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level 66
Jun 10, 2016
Pawpaw also grown in the north of Australia.
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level 73
Jun 10, 2016
American pawpaws are also called Hoosier bananas. The fruits are large and sort of kidney-shaped, about 6" long, and have large seeds. Cut one in half, remove the seeds, and eat the mushy flesh with a spoon. They taste like custard with banana or mango flavors.
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level 58
Mar 1, 2017
My nextdoor neighbour has a pawpaw tree, here in New Zealand.
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level 65
Jul 17, 2013
In Canada, we call it peameal bacon or back bacon, not Canadian bacon.
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level 37
Nov 19, 2014
Well... In Québec we call it Canadian back Bacon (and it's marketed this way on the packages)
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level 66
Jul 15, 2018
In England it is called 'Middle Bacon', sometimes 'green' if not smoked or otherwise 'Smoked' The middle is a side of pork minus the long leg and the shoulder.
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level 49
Jul 17, 2013
But what about "banger in the mouth"?
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level 36
Jul 18, 2013
Here in the States we call that a "sausage in the mouth".
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level 76
Dec 13, 2017
We just call it a sausage
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level 8
Aug 1, 2013
What the heck is a banger in the mouth?
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level 44
Jul 17, 2013
I'm an American who lives in England so you'd think I'd have no problem with this, but I actually missed a few. Never heard pawpaw before. But most embarrassing? I missed muffin --> English muffin.
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level 43
Jul 17, 2013
As a Canadian, I'm ashamed I didn't get "Canadian Bacon." Booooo. Also, I'm dumb and can't spell, apparently. I spelled popsicle as popcicle :(.
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level 40
Jul 18, 2013
Ice pop did not work either-
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level 8
Aug 1, 2013
New Zealand - muffin is a large cupcake. English muffin for the flat bready thing, and only recently - we didn't have them at all until maybe 15 years back. Chips/fries used about equally for the hot ones, same with chips/crisps for the thin cold ones, pawpaw/papaya both used. Never heard of Canadian or back bacon - we only have middle or shoulder bacon. Now I know what fava beans are!
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level 20
Sep 13, 2013
So now you better understand what Anthony Hopkins means in Silence of the Lambs. Go pour yourself some chianti.
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level 56
Dec 3, 2015
Back bacon is called eye bacon in NZ
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level 3
Aug 1, 2013
isn't an English muffin the same as a American muffin?
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level 73
Jun 10, 2016
American muffins are more like cupcakes. They are usually sweet, and often have fruit and/or nuts or bran mixed into the batter. They are more of a breakfast food rather than dessert. English muffins are flat yeast rolls that are sliced, revealing large holes, and their cooking pans are spread with cornmeal, some of which remains on the top and bottom. They are the bread used in Egg McMuffins and Eggs Benedict.
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level 19
Apr 18, 2014
After 18 years living in England, I never came across anything that was exactly like an English muffin (and I live on them!) the closest would be a crumpet and that isn't exactly the same, they are a bit more doughy. Although, I have been back in the US for 5 years, so there could now be muffins in England that are English Muffins!! Muffins in England were the same as muffins in the US.
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level 59
Sep 15, 2014
From a Brit with 35 years in the American colonies. You are right that the closest thing to a U.S. English Muffin in U.K. is a crumpet, but crumpets win every time for taste. In Lancashire in my day, muffins were like oversized tea cakes - bready, round & flat, a little under baked, and always dusted with flour. Nothing similar in U.S.
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level 28
Apr 21, 2016
Don't know what you guys are talking about - I have 'muffins' in my freezer bought in the UK that are exactly like the English muffins I used to get in Canada. What we'd call muffins are also called muffins here, though...
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level 4
May 4, 2014
Hi, Greg Beans here. No one has ever said Pawpaw before, that's not a thing. Also, we call English muffins English muffins in England, so as to distinguish them from actual muffins.
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level 74
Nov 12, 2015
Do we?
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level 43
Mar 16, 2018
My experience is we call them muffins, or if we need to be more specific, breakfast muffins, but have only heard foreigners call them english muffins
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level 60
Jul 6, 2014
There are many places in the USA named after the Paw Paw (none in Britain that I know of), but it seems it's a different thing to the papaya/pawpaw fruit which originated in the South American/Central American/Mexican areas. I've heard both names used in Britain equally, so this one doesn't fit in this quiz.
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level 35
Sep 5, 2014
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level 10
Oct 13, 2014
I'm british and when I took the quiz I was like................ what is a pawpaw? plus most the words were just old English. we don't say maize we say corn.
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level 66
Aug 9, 2016
I agree with pawpaw, but generally we do so maize, although obviously corn comes up in food names such as popcorn etc. But the thing itself is definitely maize in the UK.
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level 66
Sep 8, 2016
*say
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level 43
Mar 16, 2018
Not in my experience. Only heard maize used once and that was for marketing purposes than anything else- a cornfield maze called the Maize Maze. Otherwise it's corn
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level 72
Nov 25, 2014
I can't believe it didn't accept "popsickle". Apparently I've been spelling it wrong for a third of a century.
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level 59
Jan 13, 2015
Some confusion - it's not that we call Corn Maize. It's that we call Wheat Corn.
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level 46
Aug 17, 2015
Right. What Americans (and Canadians) call corn, the British call sweetcorn. And, yes, US/CDN wheat = UK corn.
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level 73
Jun 10, 2016
So what do the English call field corn? The kind that dries in the field to feed to livestock is not the same thing as sweet corn.
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level 7
Jan 27, 2015
WOW! I got 8/19, while the average score is 9, and I'm not even American or British :o greetings from NL
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level 36
Mar 6, 2015
I'm British and had no idea what a pawpaw is... I can safely say I have never heard that before. Also, I don't know anyone who says half these terms.
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level 10
Apr 5, 2015
Nobody calls papaya "pawpaw" and most people don't say fairy cake
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level 66
May 3, 2015
In Australia most people know this fruit as Paw Paw but two kinds of papayas are commonly grown. One has sweet, red or orange flesh, and the other has yellow flesh; in Australia, these are called "red papaya" and "yellow papaw", respectively
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level 7
May 12, 2015
I'm English and the 'English muffin' I would call a breakfast muffin - and a muffin is literally just a cake to me.. no idea why
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level 33
Jul 8, 2015
I'm pretty sure that muffin is used in the USA. Also pawpaw can be know as pomegranite.
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level 56
Oct 16, 2016
Pawpaw and pomegranate are completely different. As the pawpaw is a tropical fruit that does not travel well, many people in the UK & the USA may not have seen them.
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level 37
Jul 26, 2015
think some of your answers are a bit dodgy, In Scotland its a baked potato, candy apple, and papaya.
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level 56
Apr 25, 2016
Well, then in Scotland, you're weird.
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level 27
Aug 9, 2015
As an American who has only recently begun studying the British culture, a lot of these words confuse me. Like, for instance, the eggplant. It's a plant that looks like a freaking egg. So why call it an aubergine? What does that even mean? But hey, I'm sure a lot of our words for things confuse you Britons.
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level 74
Nov 12, 2015
Apparently aubergine comes from the French for "fruit of the eggplant". Which is, to be fair, more precise, seeing as you're eating the fruit and not the whole plant.
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level 60
Mar 30, 2016
And then, what do you know, the color aubergine comes from the fruit! Although yeah, people say "eggplant" for shades of purple too.
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level 56
Apr 25, 2016
So what, you call everything what it looks like? Do you call broccoli "little tree"? "Aubergine" is clearly French.
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level 70
Sep 19, 2016
In fairness, it doesn't actually look that much like an egg. Like, if I didn't know it was called an eggplant, an egg is not the first thing that would come to mind upon looking at it.
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level 43
Mar 16, 2018
You must have some very odd looking eggs in America because an aubergine looks nothing like an egg as I know them
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level 8
Aug 27, 2015
For fizzy drink we also call it 'pop' in England and soda is American i always thought, although it is referred to as fizzy drink here but not as often.
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level 28
Feb 27, 2016
must be a regional thing - in manchester I've never heard anyone refer to it as pop
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level 60
Mar 30, 2016
Probably, just like it's a regional thing in the US too. No one can agree on what it's called.
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level 73
Jun 10, 2016
True, Deus. My cousins in Michigan called it pop, in my region of the mid-South we call it soda, the old-timers here call it soda pop or sodey, and my college roommate from Chicago called it "Coke" no matter what brand she was drinking.
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level 33
Mar 23, 2016
We do NOT call papaya's "pawpaws", sorry, this is inaccurate. Good quiz though, keep it up. Peace and Love, Rich xxx
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level 45
Apr 16, 2016
Ironically we don't really have "English muffins" in England. If you ask for a muffin in England you'll get the sort of muffin you'd get anywhere else in the world - a small cake.
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level 56
Apr 25, 2016
Man, people cannot get over this pawpaw thing.
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level 43
May 7, 2016
Horrible.
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level 61
May 12, 2016
No one in the UK uses 'pawpaw' please fix this. And I personally have never heard anyone call a cupcake a 'fairy cake'.
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level 73
Jun 10, 2016
I watch a lot of British TV shows, and I hear fairy cakes mentioned occasionally. Never heard pawpaw, though.
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level 67
Jun 3, 2016
Ashamed to miss muffin. Seems obvious in retrospect. Somewhat surprised cold on the cob was not on the quiz.
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level 38
Aug 29, 2016
I call Muffins muffins (as in sweet: chocolate chip, blueberry etc) and english muffin (savoury breakfast item) as an english muffin. I am from Oxford
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level 70
Sep 19, 2016
As an Australian, in most cases this was more of a test of translating American terms than the British ones, which more often than not are the ones we use (except for 'courgette' and 'aubergine' - no need to get all fancy and French).
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level 36
Sep 26, 2016
Muffin and English Muffin...really?
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level 66
May 23, 2018
I think that 'Crumpet' is English for the American's idea of English Muffin, has little holes in the top (for butter and syrup) and is usually toasted.
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level 73
Sep 26, 2016
From what I understand. In British English the word "corn" is slang for whatever is the commonly grown grain in the area. So depending on the area of England you are in you can have wheat, maize, oats or barley referred to as corn.
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level 73
Sep 26, 2016
In the autumn, do the Brits go to a maize maze, like we do in the States?
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level 42
Nov 9, 2016
I'm british and I've never called Corn maize.. same with pawpaw and papaya
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level 45
Nov 28, 2016
As a brit, I can honestly say "pawpaw" is definitely not a term for a papaya. Also, muffins aren't necessarily the same as English muffins. Muffin also refers to the frostingless cupcakes same as in America.
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level 47
Dec 26, 2016
I am Australian, but have spent time living in both the US and the UK, and because of that, didn't have too much trouble. The one that I did get stuck on, was Toffee Apple, which is a term we also use in Australia, but in the US, I only ever saw caramel apples, which are obviously different.
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level 21
Nov 18, 2017
Try this quiz, it will test your knowledge of the groceries we buy in the land down under. https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/222845/most-common-grocery-foods-australia
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level 32
Mar 7, 2017
Just trying to think of what americans would say
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level 14
Apr 20, 2017
I'm English and have never heard anyone here use the word maize. We call it corn, or corn on the cob.
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level 51
May 2, 2017
American here, Northeast, can't remember the last time I heard somebody say popsicle instead of ice pop
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level 47
Feb 22, 2018
Really?! I'm American too but from the South (mid-Atlantic) and no one I know says ice pop. We all say Popsicle. Just goes to show how different we all are.
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level 21
Nov 18, 2017
Try this quiz, it will test your knowledge of the groceries we buy in the land down under. https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/222845/most-common-grocery-foods-australia
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level 45
Jan 16, 2018
I'm British and I've never heard of a 'pawpaw' before... we call it 'papaya'
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level 11
Feb 26, 2018
This is a bit stupid; I'm from London and have never said 'back bacon' in my life (I had to google it), and by the way, we call it 'papaya' here also.
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level 35
Mar 30, 2018
Agreed. And I'm from SW England if that helps:)
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level 66
Jul 15, 2018
In England it is called 'Middle Bacon', sometimes 'green' if not smoked or otherwise 'Smoked' The middle is a side of pork minus the long leg and the shoulder.
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level 38
Jul 17, 2018
...back bacon does exist in the uk, it's from the back of the pig!...
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level 27
May 23, 2018
I'm English and would say baked potato rather than jacket potato (although people definitely use that term). Also corn rather than maize, papaya rather than pawpaw and bacon rather than back bacon.
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level 17
Aug 13, 2018
I have never once heard someone say PawPaw and I am English, I've always said papaya
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