For a deeper dive into the cultural and physical differences between the two, take this excerpt from Panjandrum, a frequent contributor to the language forum message board Word Reference.com
"Proper British Chips are essentially potato, not like French Fries, which thanks to USfastfoodchains are thin fingers of crisp.
Real chips are made with real potatoes, peeled (badly) and cut into
half-inch fingers then fried at least twice in beef dripping. They have a
flavour that is a universe apart from French Fries. They should, of
course, be wrapped in newspaper.
Eaten fresh, chips have a crisp outside that cracks open to reveal a
steaming, starchy, glistening white inside. Eaten normally (soused in
salt and vinegar and nestling in the newspaper) they rapidly develop a
truly, uniquely, wonderfully greasy sogginess that must be experienced
to be appreciated.
For preference, the experience should be on the long walk home with the
young lady of your choice, late in the evening after a visit to the