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American English uses the word ‘gas’ differently than other regions in the world — and even we think it’s funny.
The other day I was taking a Peloton ride with Christine and she cracked herself up. Why? Because she said, “You’re giving yourself gas!”
Okay, now she meant fuel but in American English, gas, gasoline also means the pressure you feel inside bloating which ultimately leads to farts. Now, in other English speaking countries, they don’t use gas. They use petrol or fuel for example. But in America, gas is what you put in your car. It is fuel. But when we talk about gas in a person, if something gives you gas for example, “Broccoli gives me gas.” That means it, you know, it messes up your digestion. So she said, “You’re giving yourself gas.” We all knew what she meant but it sounded pretty funny.