This has been my downfall since I arrived in New Zealand: assuming I know things, but in fact it’s the same, but not.
Just because you’re from an equally English speaking left side driving country doesn’t mean it’s the same!
Here are a few examples.
Mousetrap. No, not something for catching rodents, it is in effect, Kiwi cheese on toast with some type of added topping.
Lollies. No, not something with a stick that kids like, they are in fact ‘sweets’ in individual wrappers, jellies, whatever shape they come in, but NOT with a stick, because those are called lollipops!
Manchester. This is no longer the name of a place, it is in fact the collective word for bedding and soft furnishings!
Chips, and hot chips. The first time I was asked did I want hot chips I thought ‘well, I don’t want them cold!’ Hot chips are chips from a fish and chip shop, and chips are in fact crisps.
There are many more, but these are the ones that spring to mind, and that I encounter the most!
New Zealand: like the UK, but not!