An American visiting in England asked at the hotel for the elevator.
The portiÃ¨re looked a bit confused but smiled when he realized what the man wanted.
“You must mean the lift,” he said.
“No,” the American responded. “If I ask for the elevator I mean the elevator.”
“Well,” the portiÃ¨re answered, “over here we call them lifts.”
“Now you listen,” the American said, rather irritated. “Someone in America invented the elevator.”
“Oh, right you are sir,” the portiÃ¨re said in a polite tone, “but someone here in England invented the language.”