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Huh? US and British English to collide at Olympics


LONDON (AP) -- The lorry driver taking kit to the football pitch was so knackered he pulled into the lay-by near the petrol station for a quick kip.


For American readers, that translates as: The truck driver delivering uniforms to the soccer field was so tired he pulled into the rest area near the gas station for a nap.

As George Bernard Shaw once observed, England and America are two countries divided by a common language. That trans-Atlantic linguistic divide will be magnified by Olympic proportions this summer when an estimated 250,000 Americans come to town for the London Games.

People arriving from the U.S. might do well to learn a few common phrases and customs. Do mind the gap, for instance. But don't jump the queue.

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