Glossary for Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth
of British English

'To enhance your experience of Amanda's world, this British-set story, by a British author, uses British English spelling, vocabulary, grammar and usage. It also includes local and foreign accents, dialects and a magical language that vary from different versions of English as it is written and spoken in other parts of our wonderful, diverse world.' 

The glossary appears at the end of Amanda Cadabra Book 1 and is reproduced here for your edification and entertainment. (And only has half a dozen references to food. If you think that that's a lot, you should see the glossary for Book 2.)
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British English
​American English


​Spelling conventions
—ise for words like surprise, realise
—ize for words like surprize, realize
—or for words like colour, honour
—​our for words like color, honor
—tre for words like centre, theatre
—ter for words like center, theater


A4 (paper size)
8.26" by 11.69"
An (Early Modern English)
​If
Balaclava
Ski-mask
Beep (a car horn)
Honk
Biscuit
Cookie
Boiler suit
Coveralls
Chips
French fries
Close of play
End of the game, end of play for the day, end of the day
Corner shop
Small grocery store
Cornish pasty
Disk of puff pastry filled with meat and vegetables then folded and sealed at the edges.
Curtains
Drapes
Deep Square Leg
Batsmans left near the boundary
British English
​American English
Different from
Different than
Dressing-gown
Robe/bathrobe
—or for words like colour, honour
—​our for words like color, honor
—tre for words like centre, theatre
—ter for words like center, theater
Dust sheet
Drop cloth
Forsooth (Early Modern English)
​Truly
Fridge
Refridgerator
Gastropub
Pub that serves high-quality food
GCSE General Certification of Secondary Education
Exam taken at 16 after two years study.
Hairgrip
​Bobby pin
Hold (Early Modern English)
​Stay, wait
Holland covers
Large white cotton sheets for covering furniture
Hoover
Vacuum cleaner
Jewellery
Jewelry
Jumper
​Sweater
Kebab
​Gyro
Lorry
Large truck for carrying goods
British English
​American English
Minibus
Van, minicoach seating 8 - 30 people
Mobile phone
​Cell phone
Momentarily
For a moment
Motorway - M
Expressway, Highway
Musulmen (Early Modern English)
Muslims
Neighbourhood Watch
Neighborhood Watch
Nightdress
Nightgown, pajamas
Ought (Early Modern English)
Something
Passing (Early Modern English)
Very, surpassingly
Pavement
Sidewalk
Penknife
Small folding knife
Photocopy
​Copy
Piccalilli
Pickle made of cauliflower, onions, gherkins, mustard and turmeric
Pimm's
​A drink made from citrus, herbs and citrus fruit
Pub
Quiet, family friendly, coffee-shop style bar
Publican
Owner of a pub
Scotch Egg
Hardboiled egg in a case of sausage meat coated in breadcrumbs
British English
​American English
Solicitor
​Lawyer
Sponge bag
Toiletries bag
Sweet wrapper
​Candy wrapper
Takeaway
Takeout
Tap
​Faucet
Tea towel
​Dish towel
Tin
​Can
Torch
Flashlight
Trainers
Tennis shoes, sneakers
Victoria Sandwich
Light sponge cake with jam and cream filling
Wellington boots
Rubber boots
Zebra crossing
​Cross walk