There are British words that don't have American equivalents. Then, there are British words which aren't really used in American English, but which Americans readily understand (or vice-versa.) There are British words that Americans THINK they recognize, but they aren't what they think they are.
The following nouns, things, are interesting because most of them don't even mean anything at all to an American - at least they don't mean what they mean to a Brit.
Americans have their own words for all of these common items, though. Can any of you (Americans or non-Americans) list the American versions of these words?
Note: Wikipedia says all these words are in common British usage. I don't always trust Wikipedia, so let me know if they are lying.
reel of cotton
The answers (American versions of the above words) appear below. Don't look until you've tried to translate on your own first. :)
kitchen stove burner
spool of thread
stub (as in ticket stub or check stub)
slice (of bacon)
cuffs (on trousers)