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

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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

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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.

Sarah Capstick
Community Member
3 years ago

Cock-womble is another good one.

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Kim Chapman
Community Member
3 years ago

And a legit conversation i witnessed while working on the Railway: "Oi you cunt" "Who are you calling a cunt, you cunt" "You, you cunt" "I'm not a cunt, you're a cunt" "no i'm not, you cunt"... I forget how the rest went, but you get the idea. Also, it has to be mentioned, that the name of one of the guys involved was Ghengis, so you get an idea of the size of the two guys arguing

Line Hampen Olsen
Community Member
3 years ago

😂

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bianca johnson
Community Member
3 years ago

I still think fairy lights is adorable. Way better than plain old Christmas lights

Stu McKenzie
Community Member
3 years ago

What a bunch of bellends...There you go, another step in English language education.

Ry
Community Member
3 years ago

They invented the language. That is why it's called ENGLISH. They can say whatever the heck they want. I support they guy who told OP to fuck off.

CelSlade
Community Member
3 years ago

What really got my brain twisted when I first moved to the UK was that some Brits use 'you're alright' to mean 'no' too. As in 'would you like another drink?' 'you're alright mate'. I would just stand there totally confused, going 'erm... was that a yes, no, maybe?'

Faith Arnold
Community Member
3 years ago

It's short for, "You're alright mate, don't go to any trouble for me. I don't want any." In other words "No thanks"!

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Community Member
3 years ago

I call "fairy lights" lights And jumpers jumpers And sneakers shoes

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
3 years ago

So how do you differentiate between fair lights and lights, or jumpers and sweaters, or sneakers and shoes? Is there less choice where you're from?

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Mark Penrice
Community Member
3 years ago

No no... Christmas lights are the big ones. Fairy lights are the small ones that go on an indoor tree and are too low output to cause a fire. Like little pixies. Tinkerbell, yeah? Plus the angel on top was often called a fairy instead (idk why) It's too cold here to sweat in a jumper, and they're made of wool. Sheep like to jump. (yeah ok i don't really know what the etymology is here, but it's probably something French. However a jumper tends to be looser knit with thicker yarn whilst sweaters are a much tighter weave of thin thread, like a hoodie...) Trainers are training shoes for running or football (vs the spiked pumps or studded boots used for competition), that's what they originally were (or indeed tennis shoes), hence trainers. Maybe says something about American culture that the primary use for such a shoe was considered "sneaking". And what's wrong with trying to focus on the positive? Really when you ask the more general question you're after a good/meh/bad response anyway

Mike Cave
Community Member
3 years ago

Or Spunkwombling thundercunt.... I save it for special occasions

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
3 years ago

Isn't thundercunt from the American film Blade 3?

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Sarah Bevan
Community Member
3 years ago

Knob Jockey is a great term, as it's not actually a curse word... >:)

Isabel Care
Community Member
3 years ago

Crank wangler is similar. Just don't confuse a waistcoat and a vest. Bruce Willis wears a vest.

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Bryan Chavis
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm gay does that make me a knobjockey

Lisa Shaw
Community Member
3 years ago

As well as wee toerag, gobsmacked and tosser!

Lois Pack
Community Member
2 years ago

It’s our language you just messed it up :]

Steven Warboys
Community Member
2 years ago

Cockwomble is a favourite

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
3 years ago

Arseholes...

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
3 years ago

Kori, would this be a first time for you? Haha! Lol couldn't resist. Brit humor even after living in the US for ages

Teri Donovan
Community Member
3 years ago

But if you call someone a fag, you are not being insensitive...you are asking for a smoke...

Kim Chapman
Community Member
3 years ago

Fuck off you cum juggling spunk trumpet Oi cunt face, go fuck you mum Oi cunt stain Cunt off you twat Twat off you cunt i'm gonna twat you, you twat fuck me you're a cunt

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
3 years ago

I love how Danny Dyer always says, "Good as!"

David Vavilovas
Community Member
3 years ago

"your-god-is-a-twat"

Marcus Mansukhani
Community Member
3 years ago

No, it's 'you all right'.

Marcus Mansukhani
Community Member
3 years ago

No, it's '[Are] you all right' ;) Alright is American spelling

Blind Oracle
Community Member
3 years ago

Too bad you can't say cunt much over here. I quite like it.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 years ago

You have to mix them up, wankmaster.

Xmayze
Community Member
3 years ago

Arse bandit is my favourite British insult

Helma Nollen
Community Member
3 years ago

LOL

Master Markus
Community Member
3 years ago

I honestly have to agree that British slang and regional words are sometimes very "cutesy" sounding to my North American ears. (Not "trainers" though. "Sneakers" is a kind of silly name.)

Ian Mooney
Community Member
3 years ago

Well they were designed for athletes to wear while "training"....

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Sockpuppies11
Community Member
3 years ago

I learned most of those words from Harry Potter.

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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

Hope Floats
Community Member
3 years ago

I have NEVER heard of this sandwich! Where the hell was this dug up from? A 'toasted sandwich' is two slices of bread,toasted,with a filling of either meats,cheese or vegetables,etc... A 'thin slice of bread inbetween two slices of thicker bread' ?..... Seriously?

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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

Hope Floats
Community Member
3 years ago

They don't....It's called Polo and mainly played by the very wealthy in the UK and completely different.

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#47

American Vs British

moteIboy Report

Sherlock Holmes
Community Member
3 years ago

X = kiss. xoxo

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