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

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tommowar Report

Lauren Southwood
Community Member
4 years ago

My nan came onto facetime while i was talking to my sister, chatted sortly and then said "I have to go, I can't drink my tea unless its scalding hot" Its July...

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#2

American Vs British

iwillmindfuckyou Report

Yumeko
Community Member
4 years ago

Lol 😂

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#3

American Vs British

a-thousand-words Report

didi
Community Member
4 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
4 years ago

why not BBC Radio 5? Just curious

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#5

American Vs British

brigwife Report

E Menendez
Community Member
4 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
4 years ago

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

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#7

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supremequeenofthenerds Report

Nicola Morley
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

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

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#10

American Vs British

grincham-n-larry Report

Xmayze
Community Member
4 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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Sakata Gintoki
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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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Mateusz Mróz
Community Member
4 years ago

Same in Poland

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#16

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Fire Bird
Community Member
4 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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Anete Evelone
Community Member
4 years ago

That still would make a sick tattoo with a STORY

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#18

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Nicola Morley
Community Member
4 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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Wanda Queen
Community Member
4 years ago

*also true in the North Eastern US

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#20

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flomation Report

didi
Community Member
4 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

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hahahhahanono Report

I❤️My cat
Community Member
4 years ago

Wtf is wrong w ur name!

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#22

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selenasbieber Report

Vlad Horobet
Community Member
4 years ago

They see me rolling, they hatin'...

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#23

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broderick Report

Brigitte
Community Member
4 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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ispeak catanese
Community Member
4 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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Aegon VI Targaryen
Community Member
4 years ago

can't beat a good chip butty :P

Wyndmere
Community Member
4 years ago

Still haven't answered the question.

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MeghanB
Community Member
4 years ago

Ok, if the British eat french fry sandwiches then they're not allowed to mock American fair food any more.

Judith Wilson
Community Member
4 years ago

Stotty is best - but must be from Greggs

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Barry Nolan
Community Member
4 years ago

What is a cob?

Marc Proudfoot
Community Member
4 years ago

and cob is only used in some parts of the UK. Some use bap, some use roll..

Dustin Morgan
Community Member
4 years ago

but it's a sandwich..?

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Mary K
Community Member
4 years ago

OMFG Guys... it's fries on bread o.O

Frank Bromley
Community Member
4 years ago

i googled what it is HOW THE HELL did we not think this up?

Shana Frazier
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't understand

Leni
Community Member
4 years ago

Never saw this in my time in the Uk, is it specifix to a region or did I totally miss something?

Leni
Community Member
4 years ago

Specific*

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Naomi Prior
Community Member
4 years ago

I believe off has two f's...

Dustin Morgan
Community Member
4 years ago

shh

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Rebekah
Community Member
4 years ago

A moment of silence for old GW.

Mylah Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

Wtf is a cob

Alex Newell
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm guessing the term for a sandwich, except when it contains chips (french fries). Then it's called a butty.

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Peter Bear
Community Member
4 years ago

That would be a french fry sandwich, for the less Anglophile Americans. "Chip' in UK parlance, is 'fried potato' aka 'french fry'. A 'cob' is a name for a specific sort of bread loaf, but serves as shorthand for 'bread' in general. Hence 'chip cob' is literally 'fries in bread'. Which becomes known as a 'butty'. That term, I don't know the derivation of. Please chime in if you do.

Ian Mooney
Community Member
4 years ago

fries are just thin Chips, " BUTTY" is because it best with the bread buttered so it melts from the heat of the chips and gives moisture to something that would otherwise be very dry.

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Rachknits
Community Member
4 years ago

You have a chip cob and a bacon butty, obvs

Ian Mooney
Community Member
4 years ago

cobs are usually crusty.... rolls softer.

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Avery_1116
Community Member
4 years ago

???

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
5 months ago

I am sick and fed up of the Americans telling the British how to speak English, how the hell would they know?

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
6 months ago

I very much doubt Washing came out with such uncouth filth

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
10 months ago

British and never heard of a chip cob, wish the Americans would grow up.

Adrian Jarvis
Community Member
1 year ago

what the fuck is a cob? I suspect it's some retarded Sheffield terms for a bread bap? Eeee South Yorkshire is shite

Jane Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

A chip cob is chips/fries in a round bread roll called a cob. A chip butty is chips/fries in between 2 slices of bread, a sandwich or butty

Martina Nitsche
Community Member
3 years ago

Mmh, I’m hungry now. Thanks for nothing. And I remembered to Life on Mars episode with the chip buttys.

Lois Pack
Community Member
3 years ago

Love a chip butty, in the US the nearest explanation would be, french fries in a bagel or bread roll

BlakCircleGirl
Community Member
3 years ago

A chip butty is a sandwich made with chips on buttered white bread or a bread roll, often with an added condiment such as ketchup, brown sauce, mayonnaise, or malt vinegar.~Wikipedia Chip cob = Another name for a chip butty/buttie

John Bain
Community Member
3 years ago

chip muffin....

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
4 years ago

Chip butty, tasty. Maybe some curry & chips, mushy peas, black pudding, kippers?

Susann Campbell
Community Member
4 years ago

Must be in the area of the Hatfield's and the McCoy's.

David Vavilovas
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm British and confused as all hell here. The f*** is a cob and the hell is a butty? WITHOUT explaining that they are one and the same with a different name (those rhymes)

Simon Manning
Community Member
4 years ago

They ARE one and the same, with different names. Simple regional dialectic differences. Yorkshire has Butties, Lancashire has Barms, other regions have Baps, Buns, Cobbers, Sarnies, Subs, Sandwiches, Doorsteps, Ploughmans, Hoagies, Rolls and so on...

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Linda Fox
Community Member
4 years ago

Our chips are your fries. Our crisps are your chips. You can make butties (or sarnies in the south) from either of them

Kira Thesloth
Community Member
4 years ago

I knew all this including that a butty is a sandwhich, but what on earth is a cob?

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Rachael Marrast
Community Member
4 years ago

hahahaha this is funny!!!

Samantha Christine
Community Member
4 years ago

1. Chips in Britain are what the US call fries. 2. Over here bread rolls have many names (rolls, cobs, baps, barms - we argue a lot over this) 3. A sandwich (2 pieces of bread or a bread roll with filling, not what you get from macdonalds) can also be called a butty. 4. A butty in the north of England is any type of sandwich. In the rest of England a 'butty' more likely refers to a chip (fries) butty or a bacon butty (*with red or brown sauce, NOT maple syrup, what's that about?!)

James Harrison
Community Member
4 years ago

chip batch everyone knows that

Leonora P
Community Member
4 years ago

It's a sandwich with chips in it (fries to you Americans!)

Ian Mooney
Community Member
4 years ago

no its a hard crusty round roll....

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Naomi Prior
Community Member
4 years ago

Why do Americans insist on criticising our food...you serve bacon with pancake syrup!!! Get a grip!!

Polleekin
Community Member
4 years ago

As an American I'm aware of this phenomenon and I find it horrifying.

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Oli Ryan
Community Member
4 years ago

Roll

HauntedForests
Community Member
4 years ago

1: *Off, 2: Wth. I don't understand this either.

Jimmy Dev
Community Member
4 years ago

English

Helma Nollen
Community Member
4 years ago

A chip butty goes in the same category of disgusting as beans on toast. A sandwich with french_ fries ( i.e. chips)

Master Markus
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4 years ago

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It's some horrible sounding sandwich made with chip / fries. Some things don't go between bread, you heathens.

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 years ago

The chips have to be fat ones, not skinny Macca's size ones. The butter melts from the hot chips, the bread has to be the least nutritious, softest white bread you can find. Indigestion awaits, but Yum.

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Ninshi TheImp
Community Member
4 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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Alex Chobanyan
Community Member
4 years ago

oh, the grammar

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#28

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actuallyiscoops Report

Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
4 years ago

I like knobjockey. I might have to use it.

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#29

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Daria B
Community Member
4 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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Jade Lorreni💜💙
Community Member
4 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
4 years ago

Sandy is more cool than Frank? o_O

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#32

American Vs British

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Andrew Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#33

American Vs British

beyoneeche Report

Steve
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

Isnt a willy a dick?

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#38

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britishjoe Report

Steve
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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

Cynthia McDonald
Community Member
4 years ago

That is my favorite TV show. I have NO CLUE what 90% of the things they are baking actually are -- never heard of them, never seen them. But the intensity with which they bake them is riveting!

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#45

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Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
4 years ago

Americans do that too. All the time.

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#46

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anbrll00 Report

Kjorn
Community Member
4 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
4 years ago

X = kiss. xoxo

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