The Scottish Exchange

Last month, on April 10th, four girls from Scotland came to stay at GFS. They came from St. George’s, a uniformed, girls school in Edinburgh. The first week of their stay, they were amazed by the difference between their school and ours. One of the exchanges saw a student hug one of their teachers and was completely shocked. This was a level of informality they had never experienced. By the end of the exchange, however, they loved the easy-going atmosphere of GFS and were readily hugging teachers.

They also noticed the different words that Americans use as opposed to people from the United Kingdom.

Here is a list of some of the words.

American to English – Dictionary

Bangs    –   A Fringe

Butt     –    Bottom

Chips    –   Crisps

Cleats  –   Studs (spikes)

Flats    –   Pumps

Make up    –   Pull, snog

Mall     –    Shopping Centre

Soda            –    Fizzy Drinks

Sidewalk    –    Pavement

Sneakers   –    Trainers

Soccer   –   Football

Pumps   –   High Heels

Vacation   –    Holiday

Trash can   –   Rubbish Bin

Trash   –   Rubbish

Period   –   Full Stop

Truck    –   Lorry

White-out   –   Tip-ex

By Magda Andrews-Hoke and Olenka Jain