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You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato - Part Two

Now you have arrived in Florida, stocked up with supplies from the shops and supermarket, it’s time to explore your home for the next few weeks and get out and about to begin your vacation adventure.

The Villa (or Vacation Home! )

You’ve finally arrived, and it’s time to get to know your holiday home.

Starting in the kitchen:

Teapot – kettle – electric kettles are difficult to buy in the US. You may have a kettle that you put on the stove.

Faucet – tap

Trash Can – bin

Garbage – Rubbish

Coffee Maker – coffee percolator

Dishcloth – tea towel

Silverware – cutlery

Flatware – crockery, including plates, bowls and cups.

Burners – cooker top

Griddle – grill

Skillet – frying pan

Detergent – washing powder

Flashlight - torch

Now on to the Bathrooms and Bedrooms:

Full Bed – a double bed

Comforter – duvet

Sham – large pillow case

Crib – cot

Cot – a folding bed

Closet – wardrobe

Pack and Play – travel cot

Drapes – curtains

Half Bath – cloakroom

Bathroom – toilet

Tub - bath

Washcloth – flannel

Exploring the pool area and estate (community):

Lanai – shaded area with a roof on the patio area

Deck – the pool and patio area

Pool Screen – netted area covering the pool area to keep insects out, still lets the sunshine in

Grill – barbeque (used outside the deck area)

In Ground Spa – Jacuzzi usually attached to the pool

Hot Tub – Separate Jacuzzi/Spa

Tot Lot – Children’s playground

Out and About

Now you have explored your vacation home and it’s time to go out and about and explore the vacation capital of the world.

Stroller – pushchair – these can be hired (singles and doubles) at all the major attractions if you do not want to take your own.

Restroom – public toilet.

Line – queue

Inquire – enquire

Elevator – lift

Mail (a letter or postcard) – post a letter or postcard

Cotton Candy – candy floss

Sheriff – police

Highway Patrol – traffic police

Soccer – football

Eating Out

You will truly be spoilt for choice for restaurants in the Orlando area – from fast food to amazing sit down restaurants, Chinese, Mexican, steak, Japanese, Italian and more, something for all ages, budgets and tastes.

Grits – usually served with breakfast, this resembles semolina.

French Fries – chips (chips in the US are crisps in the UK)

Baked Potato – Jacket Potato

Napkin – serviette (serviette has a different meaning in the US)

Check – bill (as in ‘can I have the check’)

Service Charge/Gratuity – tip – unlike the UK this is expected in the US, and is usually 15% of the total bill. It may sometimes be automatically added to the bill.

Every time we visit Florida, we learn new words and phrases, but the one that best sums up a vacation in Florida wherever you go is ‘have a nice day’.

Author: Dawn and Alan Murray (Villa link: click here)
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