Learning British words with IndyCar drivers Jordan King, Jack Harvey

IndyCar drivers Jordan King and Jack Harvey give a lesson on the differences between American and British English.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Carlos Diaz talked to two English IndyCar drivers to learn some of the British words that are a little different than their American terms.

Drivers Jordan King and Jack Harvey outlined some words that are a little different in the United Kingdom.

  • "Waistcoat" = vest
  • "Jumper" = sweatshirt
  • "Sweatpants" = track suit
  • "Pants" = underwear

King and Harvey also introduced Carlos to Cockney rhyming slang. Cockney rhyming slang is where the word is replaced with a series of words. the last word in the set rhymes with the replaced word.

For example:

  • "Apples and pears" = stairs
  • "Dog and bone" = phone
  • "Bobble hat and scarf" = laugh
  • "Bit and bops" = things

The pair also didn't know why Americans "take the 'u' from all our words" referring to words like flavour and colour. Jordan King also wondered why "s" in some British words turned to a "z" in American English. For example:

  • "Criticise" = criticize
  • "Organise" = organize
  • "Analyse" = analyze
  • "Realise" = realize