The UK and the USA may share a language (mostly) in common, but when it comes to a number of cultural customs, the Atlantic Ocean seems like the smallest thing separating them.

Whether it's their unique accent that somehow carries over into their typing, their obsession with tea, or the fact that they put baked beans on their toast, Brits certainly have a way of making those of us on the Western side of the world scratch our heads with confusion. That's not to say that Americans don't have quirks of their own, but here at Bored Panda, we think Great Britain deserves some special recognition this time around.

Check out the top British moments that left Americans completely stumped below, and be sure to vote for the ones that you're still trying to understand as well.

#1

American Vs British

tommowar Report

Lottie Park
Community Member
3 years ago

Survival of the Brittest

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#2

American Vs British

iwillmindfuckyou Report

Yumeko
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol 😂

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#3

American Vs British

a-thousand-words Report

didi
Community Member
3 years ago

Actually quite useful: "biweekly" is confusing as some may consider that as twice a week or every 2 weeks. "Fortnightly" can only mean once every 2 weeks.

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#4

American Vs British

the-funkiest-penguin Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

why not BBC Radio 5? Just curious

Nicola Morley
Community Member
3 years ago

There's only so much BBC the world can take.

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Luna Kittenwarrior
Community Member
3 years ago

Don't forget CBeebies (BBC for kids)

Mark Penrice
Community Member
3 years ago

And its pornographic cousin, CBoobies.

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Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

No cable then? That isnt so bad. Heck over here we get over 200 channels on basic cable and most of the time, there is STILL nothing worth watching on! It's all reruns of old shows. Heck the Kardashions hold channel E hostage and run almost all day every day!

DancingToMyself
Community Member
3 years ago

Now I'm scared!

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Olivia W
Community Member
3 years ago

ITV ITV2 ITV3 ITV4 ITVBe

Petra Madsen
Community Member
3 years ago

CBeebies

James Butcher
Community Member
3 years ago

Nonsense we have loads of other none BBC channels!

Mylah Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm confused.... people actually think we only have BBC? Seriously??

Olivia W
Community Member
3 years ago

Ikr

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Drew Lorenzo
Community Member
3 years ago

Also CBeebies, my personal fave.

Gina Gregory
Community Member
3 years ago

and you gotta PAY for your Tv license...thats lame ass

Mark Penrice
Community Member
3 years ago

Think of it, at least for the BBC stations (including radio and interactive services) as the original equivalent of the "sign up for a paid membership to remove ads" thing that a lot of websites and particularly streaming services do now, with a cost of a little over £12 per month per household for everything. AND it means fewer ads on the commercial stations too, as the main networks get a little subsidy each from the license authority, and they don't have to pay as much for transmitter rental etc because a lot of the main network maintenance is covered by it (many of the main antenna sites being BBC property, by way of them claiming all the best hilltops years before the other stations even started)... Really, considering how much cable or satellite service charges here, and how it'd likely still come out of my pocket in taxes anyway (where does the money come from to run basic cable services in the US? as far as I know they're largely municipal utilities, so, tax?), it's an OK rate

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Nicky OldfieldDesciple
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3 years ago

England has at least 200 channels. We have cable.

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
3 years ago

Bored (Panda) at work. BBC 1: Mainstream and Popular. BBC2: Bit edgier and experimental. BBC 3: For the Yoof. BBC 4: Education/Cultural. BBC Alba, and all the 'local' BBC station BBC Radio 1: For the yoof. BBC Radio 2: For the middle aged. BBC Radio 3: Classical and Experimental music. BBC Radio 4: Documentary, comedy and current affairs BBC Radio 5: Sports BBC Radio 6: Hipster music BBC Radio 4 extra: Repeats

Mark Penrice
Community Member
3 years ago

You forgot R1 extra (urban yoof), R5 extra (weird sports), the local radio stations (which become a joined-up, nameless shadow network overnight) and of course the World Service (sort of like dial up era internet turned into a radio stream, then beamed everywhere via Long Wave AM so that people in North Korea making illicit foreign broadcast receivers from scraps of chicken wire and contraband digital watches can still pick it up...). Just for the latter alone, £145 a year seems like a good deal. Here, plucky DPRK electrician, have a programme about Vladmir Nabakov in a language you can't speak. O world that has such wonders in it.

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Elly Essenberg
Community Member
3 years ago

BBC first; tv series with Dutch subtitles.

Mark Penrice
Community Member
3 years ago

how do I tune into THAT?

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Diane Phillips
Community Member
3 years ago

We have so much more mindless entertainment in the US.

Olivia W
Community Member
3 years ago

Channel 4 E4 all 4

HauntedForests
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm an American. This hurts my brain. Just how?

Mark Penrice
Community Member
3 years ago

How! How what? How 2?

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Trish Bradley
Community Member
3 years ago

We have all the channels you do plus our own!

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Every channel on Freeview is better than BBC, complete bias rubbish

Kun Jun Pan
Community Member
8 months ago

They're obsessed with big black cocks

Mark Penrice
Community Member
3 years ago

Literally only just spotted the "English Channel" bit... :D More seriously... ITV (now a network with multiple numbered and named tendrils), Channel 4 (likewise), C5 (a third entirely separate company and network), Sky and UKTV both with their own sets of channels, and a raft of other smaller-time outfits. And oh so many shopping channels. And lets not even get into all the commercial radio stations... (and local BBC sub-franchises)

Hannah Kobayashi
Community Member
3 years ago

and they're all shit! its about time they ban the TV licence.. !!!! fuck the BBC

Mark Penrice
Community Member
3 years ago

You sound worrying like someone who probably thinks ITV is worth giving the time of day to. That or you can afford Sky so easily that you don't even think of how much it costs you per year (hint: way more than the license fee) even though they then STILL have the utter cheek to bombard you with 15 minutes of advertisements over the course of an hour... generally wrapped with supposed content that, if it was printed, I wouldn't bother to even line a bird cage with. Viva Auntie, Viva freeview.

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Emmy Funke
Community Member
3 years ago

Oi, there’s bbc first (endless repeats but still...)

Magic Josie
Community Member
3 years ago

English Channel....

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
3 years ago

Not just the Beebs, Sky, lots of things to watch on the telly.

Vanessa Parkinson
Community Member
3 years ago

Channels 3,4 and 5 are longstanding commercial TV channels not operated by BBC

Mark Penrice
Community Member
3 years ago

*ITV, Channel 4, and Five ... assuming they've stopped stylising themselves as 5ive...

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Pavel Nekoranec
Community Member
3 years ago

In my country we call it La Manche ... not English channel ... and we call the tunnel eurotunnel :D :D there is always confusion when I talking with British people about these things

Mark Penrice
Community Member
3 years ago

Doesn't "Manche" mean something analogous to Channel anyway? (Or "wrinkle" or "cut" or something... I was told, once, and have since forgotten... Besides, calling it Eurotunnel when you're already in Europe is silly. It's Britunnel, surely (Etatsunnel Unis?). Though either way you lose the simple job of calling it "Chunnel" ;)

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Lauren Southwood
Community Member
3 years ago

ITV.... and Channel 4, which then goes into into other ITV channels and More 4, E4, 4OD, ect... lol

Tanja Mortensen
Community Member
3 years ago

😂😂😂😂

Cathy b
Community Member
3 years ago

There have also ITV and Channel Four and more. 📺📺📺📺

Karen Cromarty
Community Member
3 years ago

ITV1+2+3+4, channel 4, channel 5, E4, More 4, 5Starr

Tiffany Harding
Community Member
3 years ago

Why not BBC Extreme and BBC Kids or BBC After Dark?

Nicola Morley
Community Member
3 years ago

BBC kids is called Children's BBC (CBBC) we also have Ceebeebies for the under fives. BBC 3 and/or 4 covers the darker side of the Beeb. News24 is the BBC Extreme channel, 24 hours of unadulterated BBC news and weather. It's too extreme for me, I just barely make it a couple of hours past the watershed. (Nothing like a watergate btw)

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#5

American Vs British

brigwife Report

E Menendez
Community Member
3 years ago

I am from the US and I have thought the same thing ( why do we call it math when it should be maths) and always assumed I was just overthinking. Then I learned that Brits use maths and now I feel less foolish. Also, I love eagle fucker. Laughed out loud on that.

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#6

American-british-cultural-differences-confusion

aphcanada-remade Report

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

And Frooty Loop to musicians! Sorry, I had to.

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#7

American Vs British

supremequeenofthenerds Report

Nicola Morley
Community Member
3 years ago

Us British can sneak up on you like a ninja in the night or even an iceberg in open water

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#8

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claudiaboleyn Report

loveandbones
Community Member
3 years ago

Translation: Friend it's hard to explain, it's just like one day you will be with your friends having a look in a sports shop (called JD) and you might fancy the curry offer that's on at the local pub (called Wetherspoons) but your friend Calum, who is a legend and awesome will be like "Guys let's go to Nando's (a resturant chain in the UK, cheap and good tasting food, hence it feeling a bit cheeky) instead." and you'll think "Great idea. Let's go for it."

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#9

American Vs British

neisner Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 years ago

As a french, I find this....bizarre

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#10

American Vs British

grincham-n-larry Report

Xmayze
Community Member
3 years ago

Someone told me a lot of Americans don't even own a kettle, I'm slightly scared to ask if that's true....?

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#11

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squiddleprincess Report

Sakata Gintoki
Community Member
3 years ago

That's probably because they never had to become an independent country.

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#12

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snorlaxatives Report

Claire Kidd
Community Member
3 years ago

Why is that so weird to Americans? You know what I find weird? That Americans make everything sickly sweet and have an unhealthy relationship with Maple Syrup. On bacon? Really people?

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#13

American Vs British

MasterDrank Report

Steve
Community Member
3 years ago

"Pulp" is a band. "Juicy bits" are simply juicy and awesome. I'm ok with this one :D

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#14

American Vs British

keelahtequila Report

TC
Community Member
3 years ago

I suppose people in the USA get a compulsory tip because the don't earn enough from their employers and have to life on their clients charity...?

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#15

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infinityonfries Report

Mateusz Mróz
Community Member
3 years ago

Same in Poland

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#16

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DestinyDreadful Report

Fire Bird
Community Member
3 years ago

If you youtube Anglophenia she explains why there are two taps. They didnt want the hot water being contaminated by the cold water as they had seperate tanks. This was back in the day, they just do it now as nostalgia thing.

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#17

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fialleril Report

Anete Evelone
Community Member
3 years ago

That still would make a sick tattoo with a STORY

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#18

American Vs British

emmybeezyk Report

Nicola Morley
Community Member
3 years ago

And you thought us Brits were straight laced and uppity. Mr Blobby is proof, do not mess with the Brits if you don't want the nightmares Freddy Kruger gets when sick.

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#19

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nymerosmartell Report

Wanda Queen
Community Member
3 years ago

*also true in the North Eastern US

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#20

American Vs British

flomation Report

didi
Community Member
3 years ago

Due to the common market trade agreements, there was something of a campaign a while back for food terminology in Europe: They basically wanted all British chocolate renaming as chocolate candy because it wasn't pure enough by their standards (too much milk fat and sugar, not enough cocoa).

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#21

American Vs British

hahahhahanono Report

I❤️My cat
Community Member
3 years ago

Wtf is wrong w ur name!

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#22

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selenasbieber Report

Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

They see me rolling, they hatin'...

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#23

American Vs British

broderick Report

Brigitte
Community Member
3 years ago

Actually all over Europe it's pretty common to have your washing machine in the kitchen. If the bathroom is too small and there is no extra room, where else would you put it? Also in some apartments the water/drain pipes for washing machines are installed in the kitchen only, so you really have no other choice.

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#24

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worldsenough Report

ispeak catanese
Community Member
3 years ago

We've been watching Vera, The Loch, Unforgotten, Happy Valley, Scott & Bailey & Shetland and have added so many great new insults and idioms to our speech! It's fun yelling knobhead and calling each other cow. I think I have developed a Scottish, Yorkshire, Puerto Rican accent.

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#25

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flapperwitch Report

Aegon VI Targaryen
Community Member
3 years ago

can't beat a good chip butty :P

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#26

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freetobegrace Report

Ninshi TheImp
Community Member
3 years ago

That reminds me of something I read. In germany the waterworks have to perpare for the breaks during important football games.

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#27

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imgur Report

Alex Chobanyan
Community Member
3 years ago

oh, the grammar

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#28

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actuallyiscoops Report

Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
3 years ago

I like knobjockey. I might have to use it.

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#29

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tyleroakley Report

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Makes sense, but.... I'm sure U.S.A. doesn't have the same accent in each state, just like the U.K. accents vary by countries and regions. Even in one single city of London you can differentiate between particular accents depending on the part of the city, no? Sorry, I'm an overthinker. *shrug*

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#30

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obeyknowles Report

Jade Lorreni💜💙
Community Member
3 years ago

Im british and have never seen, heardor tasted this. And i think it sounds terrible

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#31

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beta-sheratan Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Sandy is more cool than Frank? o_O

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#32

American Vs British

megganrenayorf_ Report

Andrew Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

Um. Yeah. Maybe because a "fanny" is something else.

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#33

American Vs British

beyoneeche Report

Steve
Community Member
3 years ago

Because it saves on plug-ware. I save pounds every year on not having to replace plugs for my sink.

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#34

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seavaynay Report

Cynthia McDonald
Community Member
3 years ago

so... you know those little plastic packs that hot dogs come in have a salty liquid in them, right? They're not vacuum sealed in there all dry.

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#35

American Vs British

CrossRdsCollins Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

faith sadly did not understand the concept of an egg cup. They are for boiled eggs, which are then eaten with a spoon.

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#36

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jokebud Report

Claire Kidd
Community Member
3 years ago

Yeah, Americans have this weird view of the British. In their TV shows EVERY British person either speaks in a really posh voice or is a cockney. WE DON'T TALK LIKE THAT!

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#37

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cheikothings Report

Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Isnt a willy a dick?

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#38

American Vs British

britishjoe Report

Steve
Community Member
3 years ago

Celebrating the day King James I survived what was essentially a terrorist plot to blow up the House of Lords. Interestingly we celebrate by blowing stuff up whilst freezing our collective backsides off and waving sparklers about.

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#39

American Vs British

brokeymcpoverty Report

Ines Äffchen
Community Member
3 years ago

when I first moved to the UK and switched on the TV I learned that this is a show about people who have some complaint that's "too embarrassing to show your doctor". But yeah, let's ALL have a look at that on national TV, why not.

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#40

American Vs British

cloandfriends Report

Rose Jones
Community Member
3 years ago

It's actually quite delicious, economical and takes 5 min to prepare

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#41

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obvz Report

John Doe
Community Member
3 years ago

exactly, that's just what you say!! or may be "past midnight" as well

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#42

American Vs British

written-is-written Report

Wanda Sochacki-Suridge
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm Australian - we grew up with Freddo Frogs!

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#43

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verityglasses Report

Neil Adams
Community Member
3 years ago

It's correctly pronounced 'aitch', without the aspirant. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/aitch

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#44

American Vs British

bathadah Report

Lottie Park
Community Member
3 years ago

Says the Americans with their VERY dodgy definition of a biscuit.

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#45

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theonlyvun Report

Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
3 years ago

Americans do that too. All the time.

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#46

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anbrll00 Report

Kjorn
Community Member
3 years ago

i hope it's a joke. nobody can be so stupid

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#47

American Vs British

moteIboy Report

Sherlock Holmes
Community Member
3 years ago

X = kiss. xoxo

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