I have often heard and read in fastfood chains fries, French fries and the like. It goes with burgers and soda. Correct me if I'm mistaken but I have known somewhere that French fries actually is an American ''invention'' when a cook accidentally spilled potato strips to a metal box containing hot cooking oil and the rest is history... Actually, it has nothing to do with being French at all. But also I often hear the term chips to refer to French fries. What I understand about chips is that they are potato slices, flat and thin and salted. To me, fries refer to long strips and chips to thin, round and flat ones. Is this a matter of AE and BE difference? I know that the British fare ''Fish and Chips'' consists of flour-dredged fish fillet, fried and accompanied by fried potatoes. But this potatoes are thicker and not shaped like French fries. They rather look like wedges. Can you please enlighten me on this. Thanks in advance.