An incomprehensive list of transatlantic homonyms

by awindram

[tweetmeme source=”awindram” only_single=false]Crackerjack:
US: Disappointing popcorn and peanut snack, leaves unpleasant taste in the mouth. Inexplicably popular with children.
UK: Disappointing television series shown from the 1950s through to the 1980s, left unpleasant taste in the mouth. Inexplicably popular with children.

Smarties:
US: Round, multi-colored candies with all the consistency of calcified remains.
UK: Round, multi-coloured sweeties that until recently were partly made with dried remains.

IRA:
US: Term for a retirement plan.
UK: Most definitely not a retirement plan.

Pound sign:
US: #
UK: £

Jose Reyes:
US: Overpaid/Overrated/Underrated (delete according to opinion or team affiliation) sportsman born in 1983 who plays for a major US metropolitan team.
UK: Overpaid/Overrated/Underrated (delete according to opinion or team affiliation) sportsman born in 1983 who formerly played for a major UK metropolitan team.

Trident:
US: A sugar-free chewing gum.
UK: The UK’s Trident missile defence programme containing around 200 nuclear warheads (not sugar-free).

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