The United States and the United Kingdom share a common language, but some British phrases can trip up travelers.

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Claudine Dervaes has always lived in Florida, where she has long operated her own publishing company. But one day, she met John Hunter, a British tourist born in Scotland who lived in Blackpool, England. What began as a long-distance relationship jelled into a 23-year marriage.

But there was always head-scratching, she says.

“He’d say something like, ‘Do you want to stop at a lay-by?’ Huh? I found out it means a rest area.’ He’d say, ‘Are you going to wear a jumper?’ — and that’s when I found out he meant a pullover sweater, not a type of dress.”

Dervaes kept track of her husband’s un-American expressions — and those of her in-laws and others. Like the time in a restaurant when her sister-in-law said, “I’m going to spend a penny.” Translation: “I’m going to the restroom.”

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The linguistic differences grew into a book, “The UK to USA Dictionary: British English vs. American English,” first published in 1992. The third edition came out recently ($6.95, Solitaire Publishing) with more revisions and additions — like a pronunciation guide and sections on spelling differences and Cockney rhyming slang.

Samples from the book

(U.K. to U.S. phrases)

Afters: Dessert

Anorak: Parka

Aubergine: Eggplant

Banger: Sausage or firecracker

Bog: Toilet

Bridge roll: Hog dog bun

Buns: Muffins or cupcakes

Call box: Phone booth

Candy floss: Cotton candy

Cash point or hole-in-the-wall: ATM

Chemist: Pharmacist

Coach: Bus

Codswallop: Nonsense

Conjurer: Magician

Courgette: Zucchini

Crumpet: English muffin

Drawing pin: Thumbtack

Dustcart: Garbage truck

Face flannel: washcloth

Flyover: Overpass

Hair grip: Bobby pin

Hire car: Rental car

Hoarding: Billboard

Kitchen roll: Paper towel

The local: Neighborhood tavern

Motorway: Freeway

Nappy: Diaper

Off license: Liquor store

Plaster: Band-Aid

Rubber: Eraser

Sleeping policemen: Speed bumps

Skip: Dumpster

Tomato sauce: Ketchup