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

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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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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

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

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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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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

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#26

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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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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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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

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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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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.

Wim Lammens
Community Member
4 years ago

Of course the spoon only comes in after the soldiers have done their bit... 6a01157253...027e32.jpg 6a011572536cb8970b017c37968e29970b-500wi-596cd53027e32.jpg

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Mylah Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

It's because they are hot and they roll around the plate.... this holds them upright so you can eat them properly and dip bread in the yolk

Kristi Zoebelein
Community Member
4 years ago

I think the confusion here comes from the US not eating a lot of soft-boiled eggs like that. It used to be common here, I have some vintage egg cups. But I don't know anyone who eats soft-boiled eggs, ick.

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manowce
Community Member
4 years ago

egg cups are used to serve eggs in a fancy way, not to store them in the fridge.

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 years ago

This doesn't help dispel the myth that most Americans are imbeciles.

Wanda Queen
Community Member
4 years ago

Egg cups used to be more common here (US), my great grandmother used them regularly.

Mark Penrice
Community Member
4 years ago

/facepalm They don't have any concept of dippy eggs. The poor bastards.

Rebecca Carpenter
Community Member
4 years ago

fresh eggs are kept outside the fridge XD

BamesJond
Community Member
4 years ago

In Europe they are, in North America they aren't because there eggs are expired sooner due to a anti-salmonella treatment or something.

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Caroline Driver
Community Member
4 years ago

Guess they've never had the delicious taste of runny boiled eggs with toast soldiers dipped in them. Most of us have eaten them all our lives and never had salmonella from them. Cold, hard boiled eggs are for picnics

Danny Jeffery
Community Member
4 years ago

And then the dozy bloke below somehow thought that egg cups go in the fridge?! HAhahahaa!

Allana Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

I think they are a great idea, tho I never eat my eggs this way. I like them on a piece of toast so the runny bits soak up into the bread.

Heather Kegler
Community Member
4 years ago

Egg cups are still used for soft-boiled eggs. Americans rarely cook them that way, though. Scrambled, omelets, fried, hard-boiled, and poached (my fave) are the primary choices.

Teri Donovan
Community Member
4 years ago

You realize that generalizing is mostly wrong. Many, MANY Americans enjoy soft boiled eggs. In fact, now I'm hungry and I'm going to go make some!

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Robert Forslund
Community Member
4 years ago

We use them here in Sweden as well! I'm more surprised that Americans don't use em! =/

Teri Donovan
Community Member
4 years ago

They do. I know Yanks who collect them.

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Kelsy Wilson
Community Member
4 years ago

americans are so terrified of even the remote possibility of samonella that most of us dont even know what soft boiled eggs are. american boiled eggs are always firm all the way through and are primarily used as a mush for various mayonayseee salad contraptions.

Teri Donovan
Community Member
4 years ago

"american boiled eggs are always firm all the way through" There's that pesky generalization again. WRONG.

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
4 years ago

fresh eggs are kept in cartons (in the fridge) and boiled are eaten with hands out of plate.

Norma Johnson
Community Member
4 years ago

Brits are more 'civilized and don't eat food with their hands, usually teaspoon is used

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Ahmad Alsaffar
Community Member
4 years ago

I do it with my hands

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

But that burns if they are freshly cooked!

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Ahmad Alsaffar
Community Member
4 years ago

Wait what

Whitney Speight-Carlin
Community Member
2 years ago

American here, I've never actually used one to eat an egg, but I've bought quite a few for my mom who collects them.

Whitney Speight-Carlin
Community Member
2 years ago

Please forgive me, but I don't understand what you guys are talking about when you say the soldiers?

Kururi.Orihara
Community Member
2 years ago

They're cute!

Naomi Bethard
Community Member
3 years ago

I mean when cooked, we just put them in bowls

Agathe May
Community Member
4 years ago

Dont know who s right here but "keeping" is clearly in the fridge ^^ wrong words choice... and the eggs cup are used only for "oeuf a la coque" which means that the yellow is still liquid somehow (in france we use bread to eat them, others country use spoon or poched directly on the food). You dont need egg cup for hard boiled eggs, the main way to eat them in UK.

Lois Pack
Community Member
4 years ago

In the egg tray in the fridge, those are for cooked eggs.

BlakCircleGirl
Community Member
4 years ago

My grandmother used to soft boil us eggs and then break them open in a mug. Mix it up with some salt and pepper. Maybe it's more of a Latin thing than a US thing. I'm not a fan of runny egg anymore though.

Laura Channer
Community Member
4 years ago

And eggs should not be kept in the fridge

Annie Dennis
Community Member
3 years ago

In Canada and the USA, the eggs you buy in a grocery store are already refrigerated. They have also been washed before being put in the cartons and shipped to the stores. Because of this, eggs need to continue to be kept refrigerated. Now, if you're talking about freshly-gathered eggs from your henhouse, then you can store them without refrigeration.

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Yasmin Janette
Community Member
4 years ago

Egg cups are not for egg storage, they are used when the egg is boiled and is ready to eat. we also have egg cartons for storage.

EvieNiffler
Community Member
4 years ago

Wait... Americans don't have soft boiled eggs?? Where is the joy in their lives?? :O

Shannon McKee
Community Member
4 years ago

I've seen people use them for soft-boiled eggs but most Americans prefer hard-boiled.

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
4 years ago

Do yanks seriously not have egg cups? How do they dip their soldiers?

Stuart Olson
Community Member
4 years ago

Actually we like having dippy eggs. Its just that we do them fried in a pan "over easy". Bit of an art to get it right.

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
4 years ago

Doesn't the pics showing the eggs cracked open, yellow, cooked yolk give any clue? These are ready to be eaten, not stored. Where are the toast soldiers?

Flower Waheed
Community Member
4 years ago

I'd say that they're a bit impractical because plates and containers do the same thing. The only use for this, that I can see is possibly holding the egg in place while you're eating it

Heather Robinett
Community Member
4 years ago

I've always wanted to try this.

Debbie
Community Member
4 years ago

dumb or dumber? probably also doesn't know where eggs "come from"

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
4 years ago

hahahahahahahahah

Jackie Francisco-Cruz
Community Member
4 years ago

I wish we also have egg cups here in the PHL so that when I try eat a hard boiled egg it doesn't roll off the table when you want to put it down for a while. These egg cups also makes your table setting look vey civilized like "look! I don't have to eat a hard boiled egg with my hands because I have cup (egg cup) to hold it with!

Bridie Wilkinson
Community Member
4 years ago

What the fuck!!!!!! Who has informed you of this shit? They're for boiled eggs not to store eggs.

Danny Jeffery
Community Member
4 years ago

What is this one blithering about? The English INVENTED egg ups! LOLOL! XD

Martina Třešková
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't get this. They do have eggcups. I've lived in Britain for five years and every household I was in had them O.o Not for "keeping" the eggs in them, obviously, and they don't do soft boiled eggs very often (which I don't get, they're the best!), but they do have it. I am totally baffled with the idea that someone puts hard boiled eggs in it, though. Why? O.o Hard boiled eggs can be easily peeled, chopped, sliced onto something, eaten as whole with hands etc.. The cup is to hold the soft boiled egg that is eaten by spoon, why would you need it for the hard boiled one?

Annie Dennis
Community Member
3 years ago

Actually, it used to be where if you ordered eggs in the shell (soft OR hard boiled) in a restaurant or in the hospital, they would arrive in a larger egg cup than pictured, and it was made of clear thick glass. This larger egg cup looks something like an upside-down goblet. The goblet end was on the bottom, against a plate, and covered your second egg, somewhat keeping it warm while you ate your first egg, which was served in the small end. In fact, these particular egg cups could double as goblets, and twice I've seen them in antique stores being sold as goblets. At the one store, I corrected the staff on what the items really were. At the other, the staff were occupied, and I didn't have time to wait.

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TC
Community Member
4 years ago

Hahahahahahaha

Emiwolfplayz
Community Member
4 years ago

Umm. These cups are for eating like a dish... So not everyone is eating a meat oit of a box BRUH

Barbara Meyer
Community Member
4 years ago

we have them

Jade
Community Member
4 years ago

egg cups are for putting it in once it's cooked!

Colleen Levac
Community Member
4 years ago

Not a British thing. I've always use a cute little cup for my boiled egg

ispeak catanese
Community Member
4 years ago

Now I need to find cute egg cups on Amazon

Annie Dennis
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm pretty sure you can buy them at IKEA.

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Karen Cromarty
Community Member
4 years ago

this is confusing do they mean storage or eating boiled eggs because we do have egg cups used for eating boiled eggs as for storage we have egg holders for the fridge but we don't need to keep our eggs in the fridge unlike the US 61w7M1FVou...57e2ba.jpg 61w7M1FVouL_SL1500_-596cdbd57e2ba.jpg

Kelly
Community Member
4 years ago

So he did not know how you use them. I do use egg cups for my breakfast.

Ahmad Alsaffar
Community Member
4 years ago

I wait 5 mins first

Victoria Swire
Community Member
4 years ago

Thats not bad its just ummm wired

Wyndmere
Community Member
4 years ago

We don't use egg cups, cause we don't eat runny, boiled eggs with a spoon. -- Yuk!

Wyndmere
Community Member
4 years ago

Bleh! ... Can't ... eat ... runny ... eggs.

fubukifangirl
Community Member
4 years ago

Soft-boiled eggs are yuck. I don't even like fried eggs with runny yolks.

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#36

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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Kjorn
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#47

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Sherlock Holmes
Community Member
4 years ago

X = kiss. xoxo

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