Well, that was 3 hours after I posted("Waking up soon" ? - having elevenses, old chap! )
So do they insist on accelerator or feel a new word is needed (rheostat?)?There is a slight reaction in some car circles against "gas pedal" because that pedal increasingly controls the flow of electricity. So far it's a few literalists making noise out of all proportion to their numbers, but it may influence usage down the road.
Accelerator is a misnomer, it is a petrol flow controller/pedal... In an electric car it could be called a watt control pedal.Well, that was 3 hours after I posted
So do they insist on accelerator or feel a new word is needed (rheostat?)?
Fuel flow controller is accurate. However, I'll dispute your assertion on the accelerator It's a misnomer only when you're (a) not moving it and (b) the vehicle speed is not increasing; even when you hold it stationary, you could still be accelerating the vehicle with constant flow of fuel - what about a CVT petrol car? With you holding the pedal in place, the car will accelerate as the gear ratio slowly changes.Accelerator is a misnomer, it is a petrol flow controller/pedal.
So then "give it some gas" is a no-no in British English?
What would be your first choice?Well we'd (BE) understand "give it some gas", but it probably wouldn't be the first choice.
Based on the dictionary, "step on it" seems to be alive and well in BE, even though it is more widely used than simply with its literal meaning. I'm sure our BE residents will comment on how common it isThat would be my first choice, too.
Learners sould also be aware of the other meaning of putting one's foot downstep onvb (intr, preposition)
- step on it ⇒ informal to go more quickly, hurry up