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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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

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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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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

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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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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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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

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!

Norma Johnson
Community Member
4 years ago

living in North America I really miss many of these, it seems all we have here is pie and cookies and ice cream

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Master Markus
Community Member
4 years ago

I am very bothered by the vastly different food products called "pudding" in the UK versus in North America.

Norma Johnson
Community Member
4 years ago

pudding is a generic term, often called sweet, afters etc because it's genarally sweet and eaten after your savoury main dish. It's not often pie, but is included in a balanced meal

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cybersandwitch
Community Member
4 years ago

How do you Americans live without the gravy-covered goodness that is a yorkshire pudding?!?

Bob 2.0
Community Member
4 years ago

I dont even know what one looks like. I get enough gravy at Thanksgiving.

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Robin Cannon
Community Member
4 years ago

As a Brit in America, I've realized it's largely impossible to describe Yorkshire pudding. I usually have to make it for someone before they understand what it is.

Katie O'Brien
Community Member
4 years ago

Here we call them popovers.

Wanda Queen
Community Member
4 years ago

I make it every year for Xmas (I'm American), it's the BEST, but yes, I do have to constantly repeat what it is to any new comers.

Karen Cromarty
Community Member
4 years ago

Do you mean Yorkshire pudding or Christmas pud because they are NOT the same thing Christmas pud is made with dried fruits and candied citrus rinds and york puds with flour, eggs and milk batter.

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Kathleen Wills
Community Member
4 years ago

A combo flour and roast beef juice mixed and baked into what the looks like popovers which is served with the meat. Yum.

Carol Stephen
Community Member
4 years ago

For heaven's sake! Yorkshire pudding is not anything like a biscuit. The closest thing would be a popover. The ingredients are basically the same, except for popovers, the butter goes in the batter. For Yorkshires, the butter is melted in the baking dish and the batter poured over the hot butter.

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
4 years ago

Beat together 2 eggs, 1 cup of milk + 2 tablespoons, 1 cup of flour & a little salt & pepper. Pour 1/3 into hot muffin pans, previously sprayed with oil, then cook in a 400° oven for approx 15 mins. They are supposed to rise & be light & fluffy. Served with roast beef, gravy & veggies. I think the American version is popovers?

Frank Bromley
Community Member
4 years ago

it's like a biscut but you use gravy instead of water (thats not QUITE right but close enough food network has recipies they are actually really good)

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah. Biscuits and gravy: 1. Those are NOT biscuits. Biscuits are sweet and you dunk 'em in your tea. 2. That is NOT effin' gravy either. Gravy is brown and typically made with the meat juices with which it is served. What IS that? Why is it beige? Urgh!

David Rowley
Community Member
4 years ago

That grey gravy you are referring to is sausage gravy. Of course there are gravies that are brown, made from the guts and juices of animals we eat.

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Aubrie Allen
Community Member
4 years ago

So what is Yorkshire pudding exactly? Everything I know about pudding was taught to me by Bill Cosby. Which is pretty terrible.

Natalie Powell
Community Member
4 years ago

As a Yorkshire lass from Britain, I can inform you it is the most delicious thing you will ever eat

Allana Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

I watched that Show on PBS and the yorkshire puddings they were making all looked delicious!

Gilda
Community Member
4 years ago

Lol my husband absolutely loves pudding but American pudding I wanna take him to a British restaurant so bad he will cry

Hiruya
Community Member
4 years ago

I miss them. Should try to make them. They are great

Claire Kidd
Community Member
4 years ago

:o well y'all are missin' out!

Freya Hunter
Community Member
3 months ago

Uhhhhhhhh a Yorkshire pudding is basically an over inflated pancake in the shape of a bowl

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
5 months ago

An OLD British word, before 1740,

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
5 months ago

If you do not know what a Yorkshire Pudding is you know nothing English

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
10 months ago

Too complicated for an American

Emma Fletcher
Community Member
3 years ago

A Yorkshire pudding is similar to a popover. It's made with milk eggs and flour. We have them on a roast dinner

Lois Pack
Community Member
3 years ago

A really really delicious batter pudding,

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
4 years ago

I still don;t know what a 'grit' is...

Sonya Rhine
Community Member
3 years ago

Grits - like oatmeal but made from cornmeal instead of oats. Can be eaten sweet or savory just like oatmeal.

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Jeff Schwab
Community Member
4 years ago

God damnit comments, now I'm gravy some biscuits and gravy so hard.

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
4 years ago

Just PLEASE don't make me eat "spotted dick!" Here it would be a freckled penis!

Heather Robinett
Community Member
4 years ago

I lost my mind to this comment lol

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Mark Penrice
Community Member
4 years ago

My family doesn't... Reason being we're not from bloody Yorkshire.

Louise Brigance
Community Member
4 years ago

Look it up...try it..delicious!!

TC
Community Member
4 years ago

Clever dick knows all the food in the world ?

Helma Nollen
Community Member
4 years ago

A delicious addition to a sunday lunch

Ben Hobbs
Community Member
4 years ago

It's a smaller popover ... the american, and better, equivalent.

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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

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moteIboy Report

Sherlock Holmes
Community Member
4 years ago

X = kiss. xoxo

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