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British

Canadian

American

 

 

pack of cards

deck of cards

deck of cards

pad, sanitary towel, brick

maxi-pad, pad

(feminine) napkin, pad, maxi-pad

paddling pool

wading pool

wading pool

pager, beeper

pager, beeper

beeper

pancake pancake, flapjack, ploye pancake, flapjack, hotcake

pancake roll, spring roll

egg roll, spring roll

egg roll, spring roll

pansy, fairy, gay, poof, poofta, bent, queer, nancy boy, (all offensive, except for `gay`)

gay, fag, faggot, homo, fairy, queer, lesbo, nancy, (all offensive, except for `gay`)

gay, fag, faggot, homo, fairy, queer, lesbo, (all offensive, except for `gay`)

pantry, larder

pantry

pantry

pants, knickers, undies, smalls (female)

panties, underwear, undies, ginch, gonch, gitch, gotch

panties, underwear, undies

paperback paperback, softcover paperback, softcover

paper knife

letter opener

letter opener

paper round

paper route

paper route

parka, anorak

parka, anorak

parka

parliament

parliament

congress

paraffin

paraffin, kerosene

kerosene

pass away, pop one's clogs

pass away

pass away, pass

pastry base

crust

crust

patience, solitaire (card game)

solitaire

solitaire

patrol car, panda car

squad car, patrol car, smokey (dated)

squad car, patrol car, smokey (dated)

pavement

sidewalk

sidewalk, pavement (unusual)

pay cut wage cut, rollback, pay cut wage cut, rollback, pay cut

pay packet

pay packet, pay envelope

pay envelope

pay slip pay slip, pay stub, pay statement pay slip, pay stub, pay statement

pedestrian crossing, zebra crossing

crosswalk

crosswalk

pelican crossing

pedestrian-controlled crosswalk

pedestrian-controlled crosswalk

pelmet

valance

valance

people carrier, MPV, multi-purpose vehicle,  minivan minivan

pensioner, OAP, old aged pensioner

senior, OAP, old aged pensioner

senior, senior citizen

pepper, capsicum

pepper, capsicum, bell pepper

bell pepper, sweet pepper

percolator (coffee) percolator, perk percolator

perfume, scent

perfume

perfume

pernickety pernickety, persnickety (informal) pernickety, persnickety (informal)

personnel department

personnel department, human resources

human resources

perspex

plexiglass

plexiglass

petrol

gas, gasoline

gas, gasoline

petrol station, filling station, service station

gas station, filling station, gas bar, service station

gas station, filling station, service station

phone (v), on the phone, phone in, phone up, ring, ring round, ring up 

phone, call, phone in, call in, phone up, call up, call round

call, call in, call up, call round

phone box, call box

phone booth

phone booth

photocopier

Xerox machine, photocopier

Xerox machine, photocopier

physiotherapist, physio

physiotherapist, physio

physical therapist

pick up, pick up truck

pick up, pick up truck

pick up, pick up truck

pictures, cinema, picture house

movie theatre, theatre

movie theatre, theater

pig pig, hog pig, hog
pigsty pigsty, pigpen pigpen, pigsty

pigtail, plaits

braids

braids

pillar box, postbox

mailbox

mailbox

pillock useless or stupid person useless or stupid person
pillowcase pillowcase, pillow slip pillowcase, pillow slip

pinafore

jumper

jumper

pinch, steal, nick

steal

steal

pinny, apron

apron

apron

pissed, drunk, plastered, smashed, slaughtered, arse-holed, sozzled, pissed, pissed as a fart, pissed as a newt, pissed up, battered, bevvied, shit-faced, bevvied up, caned, bladdered, blitzed, blootered, blotto, cabbaged, drunk as a skunk, gatted, lagered (up), lashed up, leathered, legless, ripped, mortalled, off one's chump, off one's face, off one's tits, out of it, paralytic, pickled, pie-eyed, rat-arsed, ratted, steaming, stewed, three sheets to the wind, trashed, trolleyed, trousered, twatfaced, twatted, sloshed, wankered, wasted, well gone, tanked up pissed, drunk, ripped, smashed, plastered, wasted, stoned (old-fashioned) , shit-faced, hammered, three sheets to the wind, falling down drunk, and? drunk, ripped, wasted, hammered, shit-faced, and?

pissed off, hacked off, miffed, naffed off, narked, ticked off, brassed off, cheesed off

pissed, pissed off

pissed

pitch (sport)

field

field

pit stop

pit stop, rest stop, rest area

rest stop, rest area

placement, work experience

internship

internship

plaits, pigtail

braids

braids

plaster, sticky plaster, sticking plaster

band aid

band aid

plasterboard

drywall, wallboard, gypsumboard

drywall, wallboard, gypsumboard, sheet rock

plimsolls, pumps

Keds

Keds

Plough (constellation)

Big Dipper

Big Dipper

pluck (with tweezers) pluck, tweeze pluck, tweeze

plughole

drain

drain

pneumatic drill pneumatic drill, jackhammer pneumatic drill, jackhammer

pocket money

allowance

allowance

podgy

pudgy

pudgy

polar neck, roll-neck turtleneck turtleneck

police, cops, the Old Bill, pigs, the law, the fuzz , bizzies

police, RCMP, cops, pigs, the fuzz, the Mounties, the law, five-o, po-po

police, cops, pigs (dated), the fuzz (dated), the heat, the law

policeman/woman, copper, PC Plod, bobby, cop, police constable

police officer, Mountie, patrolman, smokey (dated), cop,  policeman/woman, police constable

police officer, patrolman, smokey (dated), state trooper, cop,  trooper

polling stationpolling station, polling place polling station, polling place

polo neck

turtle neck

turtle neck

polystyrene

styrofoam

styrofoam

poo, poo-poo

poo, poo-poo, poop

poop, poo

poof, poofta, bent, queer, nancy boy, pansy, fairy, gay (all offensive, except for `gay`)

gay, fag, faggot, homo, fairy, queer, lesbo, nancy, ass-pirate

gay, fag, faggot, homo, fairy, queer, lesbo

poorly, sick, ill

sick

sick

pop, fizzy drink, soft drink

pop, soft drink

soda, soft drink, soda pop, pop, cold drink

Poppy Day, Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day, Poppy Day

Veteranís Day, Memorial Day

porch porch, veranda porch, veranda
porcupine porcupine, porky porcupine, porky

pork scratchings

pork rinds

pork rinds

porridge

porridge, oatmeal

oatmeal

positive discrimination

employment equity, affirmative action, positive discrimination

affirmative action

post

mail, post

mail

postal order

money order

money order

post(age) & packing (p&p)

shipping & handling  (s&h) 

shipping & handling (s&h)

postbag

mailbag

mailbag

postbox

mailbox

mailbox

postcode

postal code

zip code

postgraduate student

graduate student

graduate student

postman

mailman, letter carrier

mailman, letter carrier

postbox, pillar box

mailbox

mailbox

poste restante general delivery- general delivery

post mortem

autopsy

autopsy

postnatal

postnatal, postpartum

postnatal, postpartum

postponement

postponement, raincheck

postponement, raincheck

potatoes, spuds

potatoes

potatoes

potter (v) putter putter
potty crazy crazy
pound, quid, sterling dollar, buck, loonie (one dollar), toonie, twoonie (two) dollar, buck, greenback, a single (one dollar)

power cut

power cut, power failure, outage

outage

power point, socket

outlet, socket

outlet, socket

pram baby carriage baby carriage
prat stupid or foolish stupid or foolish

prawn

shrimp, prawn

shrimp

prawn cocktail

shrimp cocktail

shrimp cocktail

pregnant, up the duff, to have a bun in the oven pregnant pregnant
premature baby premature baby, preemie premature baby, preemie
pre-menstrual tension (PMT) pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)

press stud

snap

snap fastener, snap

press-ups push-ups push-ups

primary school

elementary school, grade school

elementary school, grade school

prime minister prime minister, first minister president (nearest equiv.), prez (slang), Mr President
prise open pry open pry open

prison, jail, gaol, the nick, clink, slammer, chokey

prison, jail, hoosegow penitentiary, clink, pen, jailhouse, lock-up, pokey

prison, jail, lock-up penitentiary, hoosegow, jailhouse, pen, pokey

private detective, private eye (just referring to a magazine) private detective, private investigator, private eye private detective, private investigator, private eye

pub, public house, bar, boozer, rub-a-dub

bar, pub, beer parlour

bar

publican

bar owner

bar owner

public school, private school private school private school

public prosecutor, crown, crown prosecutor

crown, crown prosecutor, crown counsel, federal prosecutor, provincial prosecutor

district attorney

public conveniences, ladies, gents, WCs, toilets 

washroom, ladies, womenís room, menís room

restroom, comfort station, bathroom, ladies, womenís room, menís room

public transport

transit, mass transit

transit, mass transit

pudding, dessert, sweet, afters

dessert

dessert

puke, throw up, blow chunks, barf, chuck, chuck up, chuck one's guts up, chunder, gip, hurl, pray to the porcelain god, ralph, spew, spew up, spew one's guts up, be sick, honk barf, puke, upchuck, throw up barf, puke, upchuck, blow one's lunch, blow one's cookies, spit (something up), throw up, toss one's cookies

pullover, jumper, sweater, jersey

sweater

sweater

pumps, plimsolls

gym shoes

gym shoes

puncture

flat

flat, blow out

purse

change purse

change purse, coin purse

push-bike, bicycle, bike  bicycle, bike  bicycle, bike

pushchair, buggy

stroller, buggy

stroller, buggy

pussy, cat, pussycat, moggie

cat, pussycat

cat, pussycat

pylon hydro tower ?
 

   

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