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Different English

I have lived in and traveled to a number of countries, and every day as part of my work I deal with people from countries I have not even been to yet.  We speak English to each other, but it's not the same English, it's different, and some of the differences are huge and can cause some comical misunderstandings.  People are usually not really aware that parts of their local version of English are so unique, until they find this out the hard way.

I'm outlining some examples that I have come across:

England... Burgers and patties, and burgers.

Everyone knows what a hamburger is, or often called simply 'a burger'.  Well, not really.   The Wikipedia description is 'a sandwich consisting of one or more cooked patties of ground meat, usually beef, placed inside a sliced bun'   That's all good and well, until you go to where English comes from: England.

USA: What do you call that piece of meat inside of your burger?
England: A burger.
USA: So, you have a burge…