Are British words jarring in US English?

In particular, I don’t mean mere alternate spellings like colour, honour, but words that are entirely different: using lift instead of elevator, fridge instead of refrigerator etc. What is the common outlook on using them in plain informal speech in the US? What are the chances they won’t be recognized at all? Will they be … Read more

Is “thru” for “through” acceptable? “Tho” for “though”?

I’ve been told that in American English, sometimes words ending in -ough are written -u: for example thru instead of through. Is this correct English, or is it simply a common error? If it is correct, what are the rules for this spelling? Answer “Thru” is correct (however very informal, not a very good idea, … Read more