Where it's not obvious:
BE = British English, AE=American English and indicates
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Cajun rice dish, usually cooked with shellfish or ham, and
common in Louisiana. The origin of the name is uncertain, but may
come from French jambon (ham).
you cross a street without paying attention, or cross against a DON'T
WALK sign, then you are jay walking. In some cities, this is
an offence, and you can be fined.
A trade name for a gelatin dessert which first appeared in the
1920s, made by the company that is now General Foods. It is what the
British would normally call a jelly which, in the US, is a
word usually reserved for a clear jam-like spread made from fruit
juices (as opposed to jam which has whole fruit in it). If
you ask for Jell-o Americans will know exactly what you mean,
although if it isn't made by General Foods it will probably be more
properly called a gelatin fruit dessert.
When you're having breakfast in the US, there'll probably be
various jellies available. Grape jelly, strawberry jelly
and raspberry jelly are all relatively common. They're made from
fruit juice and are clear, just like a spreadable jelly. So, if
you ask for jelly you'll get a jelly-like fruit spread for your
bread (or to mix with your peanut butter). If
you want a jelly dessert, you ask for Jell-o, the trade name
that has almost become generic for a gelatin dessert.
It's a widely-perpetuated
myth that jam is not known in the US. Far from it, in fact.
Jam is available as preserve and is readily available.
A jigger is a small glass for drinking whiskey from, and
consequently a measure for cocktails of the same capacity. As a glass,
a jigger will usually hold between 1 and 2 fluid ounces of
whiskey, but as a measure it is usually taken as 1.5 fluid ounces.
A jigger is also a small horse-drawn street car on rails.
In the US, the term is often used to denote someone who is very
macho and sporty, and in some contexts may be a derisory comment,
suggesting someone who has sporting, but no academic, talent. It is
believed to derive from jockstrap. In the UK, a jock
is a slang, and usually derogatory, terms for a Scotsman.
leg in a road
Although it now refers to any toilet, John once referred
to a public toilet for men, with Jane being the women's equivalent.
It is distinctly slang, and sometimes considered a bit uncouth. The
word also means a prostitute's client, and so is probably best avoided.
A relatively common slang expression for signature, which derives
from the name of the first signatory of the Declaration of Independence.
The story goes that as president of the Continental Congress he
was given the honour of being the first to sign, and he did so with
such a huge flourish that George III could not fail to see it, even
without his spectacles. Sometimes John Henry is also used to
mean signature, and he was a black American folk hero.
or Penis (AmE)
Don't ask your hosts if they're "doing a joint" for
Sunday dinner! The American use of joint usually means a marijuana
cigarette, but is also slang for penis.. You should be asking
about a roast.
dress, child's coverall, workmen's blouse or jacket
The word has a number of meanings, but these are the main ones
used in the US. The BE meaning of a sweater is also
A 1st-year student is a freshman, a 2nd-year student is
a sophomore and a 4th-year student is a senior