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

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

American Vs British

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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DestinyDreadful Report

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

American Vs British

emmybeezyk Report

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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nymerosmartell Report

Wanda Queen
Community Member
4 years ago

*also true in the North Eastern US

Danielle Johnson
Community Member
4 years ago

It's called New ENGLAND for a reason.

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Anya O
Community Member
4 years ago

and this is why everyone loves spring and autumn (fall)

TheReader19
Community Member
4 years ago

We do not have seasons in England just weather. You have to live here to understand our obsession.

Casandra Nițescu
Community Member
4 years ago

same thing in sweden lol

Elena Rozenberg
Community Member
4 years ago

Also true in Norway

Evelina Gestblom
Community Member
4 years ago

Sounds like Sweden 😂😂

Riah Willis
Community Member
4 years ago

Ha! Come to Texas.

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

So when you hear this autumn song - remember the best times are yet toooo come. ♬♪

Claire Kidd
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah, that sounds about right, lol

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
6 months ago

Do not know where you were but language like that is not acceptable to most in the UK.

Charlie_Poulton69
Community Member
3 years ago

true dat

Nikki Pelzer
Community Member
3 years ago

Also true in the Netherlands

WhiteFox
Community Member
3 years ago

in australia is just summer. just pure summer. but sometimes we have showers.

Carla Holley
Community Member
3 years ago

this is also: Seattleites

Sophie Talia
Community Member
4 years ago

but you guys have new york and chicago, that's like 5x uk each

George Alexander
Community Member
4 years ago

They sound like Americans when it comes to weather all over this country.

Florence Hastings
Community Member
4 years ago

Danes about the danish weather: 9 months winter, 3 months no summer.

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
4 years ago

This is quite true, one must admit. But that's why you need a fan in your summer kit (along with a brolly/poncho and a jumper)

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
4 years ago

Yup, it seems that complaining about the weather is international. I do think that Brits often tend to use the weather as a topic of conversation.

Mare of Maers
Community Member
4 years ago

Sounds like Germany to me.

Sandrine-E. Séchaud
Community Member
4 years ago

*also true in Québec, Canada..Sigh

Lello Panzieri
Community Member
4 years ago

I am an Italian living in London and... all 3 sentences are true. Totally. I mean, I think that way, too. :\

alexandra laurita
Community Member
4 years ago

Haha, same here in Maine! Real Mainahs even kept the original, pre-French revolution, British accent. Must be the weather.

Florence Hastings
Community Member
4 years ago

Same here ( Denmark).

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
4 years ago

yeah, New England also.... hahahahahah

Marie-Louise Chenois
Community Member
4 years ago

Same in Belgium.

Tiffany Wilson
Community Member
4 years ago

Also true for Florida.

Ančí Sachetka
Community Member
4 years ago

the same in Czech republic. Winter is fucking cold, or shitty or rainy with no snow, when the snow's fall, everybody hates snow (in the cities) and hate the winter. Summer is sunny and hot weather. Everybody hate hot weather. :D

Heather K
Community Member
4 years ago

Sounds like us Canadians year round!

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
4 years ago

You should be in Indiana--we have a spread from about -20 F to 110 F (about -30C to 43C). We always say if you don't like Indiana weather, wait 5 minutes--it'll change.

Danny Jeffery
Community Member
4 years ago

It's never too cold. Only too hot. Like, all the time...

TheCuteOrpington
Community Member
4 years ago

(Same in America)

tweetybird
Community Member
4 years ago

same in New Zealand

Amy Hearn
Community Member
4 years ago

Welllll to be fair, after who knows how many generations living in that kind of temperate weather, it's in the genes. I mean, I live in vancouver, BC, CANADA and that pretty much is how *I* deal with the freaking weather even here. The moment it's sunny and hot, I nearly freaking die. The fact that my neon white skin instantly burns in less than 10 minutes does not help matters any. Darn you, Brit and northern european heritage!

Natalie Powell
Community Member
4 years ago

Standard brits.....nothing better than a moan about the weather

Allana Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

*LOL* Try Seattle, WA our weather is very much like the UK.

Cassandra Keeney
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah.... this happens in the US too. Trying living in the Northeast. Everyone ALWAYS complains!!

lasagna's underrated
Community Member
4 years ago

Except in early autumn and late spring. Perfect.

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Polleekin
Community Member
4 years ago

Where I live (Michigan) there's a two week period every year during spring and fall when people don't complain about the weather.

Polleekin
Community Member
4 years ago

But they do complain that the "nice weather won't last much longer!" So it's not much of a break.

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Nathaniel Freeman
Community Member
4 years ago

Yup, Only Autumn is OK for us.

Morozova Kseniya
Community Member
4 years ago

also true in Moscow in recent years

Soco Cybelle
Community Member
4 years ago

Also true in the Netherlands

Suzy Sunshine
Community Member
4 years ago

Same in germany

CozaEVE
Community Member
4 years ago

Soo me

Robert Forslund
Community Member
4 years ago

The same thing occur here in Sweden! We complain when its cold and lots of snow! We complain when its summer and hot as hell... =P

Tammi Cole
Community Member
4 years ago

Hahahaha!! Oklahomans sound the exact same way!!

Kelly
Community Member
4 years ago

That's what we call 'seasons' in my Country.

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
4 years ago

same in LIthuania and we have 3 months of winter and 9 of autumn

ispeak catanese
Community Member
4 years ago

Ohh, 9 months of autumn sounds very nice.

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Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
4 years ago

Imagine a Brit in the Southeast U.S. (or Southwest with the dry heat) in the summer. The humidity is stifling! I personally LOVE it!

Jade Lorreni💜💙
Community Member
4 years ago

So true

Kelly moore
Community Member
4 years ago

Same for Southern Cali. Winter: " It's 62 degrees and I can feel frostbite setting in." Summer: " It's 78 degrees, this is what the surface of the sun must feel like."

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#20

American Vs British

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

American Vs British

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

American Vs British

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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worldsenough Report

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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flapperwitch Report

Aegon VI Targaryen
Community Member
4 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
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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tyleroakley Report

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

megganrenayorf_ Report

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

American Vs British

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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theonlyvun Report

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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