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AmericanBritish term or expression BritishAmerican equivalent, or explanation
early closing shop staying closed one afternoon a week
earth (n.) (v.) (electrical) ground
earth wire ground wire
economy class (especially on an airliner)   coach class
eff (v.) [colloq.] swear using the F-word
elastic band rubber band
electric fire (type with glowing bars or elements) space heater
electricity pylon transmission tower, high tension tower
an eleven soccer or cricket team
the eleven-plus exam for 11-year-olds in some parts of England to determine which type of school they'll go to next
elevenses mid-morning coffee or tea taken around 11 o'clock
                     (Brits often leave lunch until 1:00 PM)
elk moose
embankment (of a river) bank
en suite facilities fancy name for 'private bathroom' in UK hotel room
endive, curly endive chicory, chicory crown
engaged (of a telephone line or a toilet) busy or occupied  
engine driver (on a train) engineer
envisage envision
entrée appetizer or starter;
if the meal is a very formal one, an entrée is a dish served between the fish and meat courses  
equal opportunities affirmative action (positive-discrimination program)
estate (housing estate) housing development, subdivision
estate (type of car) station wagon
estate agent real estate agent, real estate broker, Realtor™
evening classes (after-work adult education) night school (even if it's still broad daylight!)
evens (equally likely to happen as not) fifty-fifty
excavator (mechanical digger) backhoe
excess (amount specified in an insurance policy
             that the insured party will have to cover in
             the event of a claim)
deductible
exclamation mark exclamation point
ex-directory when your phone number is unlisted
exercise book notebook
exhaust pipe tailpipe
exhibit exhibited item
exhibition (collection of exhibits) exhibit
expiry date expiration date
ex-serviceman, ex-servicewoman veteran, war veteran

 

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