Can I find 'petrol' vs. 'gas' word use by country?
September 20, 2011 9:00 AM Subscribe
Is there a way to find out if 'petrol' or 'gas' is the most recognized word for vehicle fuel by country?
posted by pb to Writing & Language (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Here in the US we call vehicle fuel 'gas' which is short for 'gasoline'. But I know in the UK, Australia, and elsewhere they use 'petrol'. And confusing things further, 'petrol' countries use 'gas' to describe the alternate fuel LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas).
So I'm wondering if there's a language use database out there where I could look up these regional uses. In googling around, the closest thing I've found is this page of International Fuel Names
, but I'm not sure it's quite what I'm after and it isn't comprehensive.