On Mar 5, 2014, at 17:27, MRAB email@example.com wrote:
In the UK we talk about "Bills" being put before Parliament.
In the US also, except it's Congress, and most of our political discussion isn't about bills before Congress or anything else of political consequence.
It reminds me of that quotation about the UK and US: “Two nations divided by a common language”. In the UK you can pay a bill using a cheque; in the US you can pay the check using bills (but a "check" is also a (UK) cheque!).
How many restaurants still accept cheques (or checks)? The only thing they're really used for anymore is paying money to the government... So this bit of confusion will die away. Pants, on the other hand, aren't going away any time soon.