I believe it's gonna be an informative post. Some of my American friends even didn't know this small but important difference in British and American English: the naming of floors in a building.
The sunshine in London today was intense enough to make people feel the urge to buy cold drinks. i felt extremely thirsty after walking out of The National Gallery, and was trying to find a café around me. I noticed a sign on the window of a bookstore, which was telling me "café is on the first floor." I spent 5 minutes walking around the whole floor, unfortunately, i couldn't find any café..
After being lost in thought for a few minutes, it hit me: the term "first floor" in British English means a totally different thing from American English. - In British English the floor of a building at street level is called the ground floor. The floor above it is the first floor and the floor below is called the basement. - In American English, however, the floor at street level is usually called the first floor. Go up one floor and you are on the second floor (which, of course, is the first floor for the British). #britishenglish#americanenglish#english#wordusage#firstfloor