phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Phrases, Sayings and Idioms Home > Discussion Forum

British and US English

Posted by James Briggs on October 20, 2004

British English is sometimes different from US English. In some cases the reason can be seen in the use of German based expressions in the US - British 'waistcoat' is US 'vest' - just the same as in German. Similarly, British 'vest' is 'undershirt' in the US - 'unterhempt' in German. There are other similar examples.
However, the alphabet is said in much the same sort of way in Britain and Germany, partcularly the last letter - 'zed' in both languages. Where did the US 'zee' come from?