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

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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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Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#7

American Vs British

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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

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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

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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

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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

American Vs British

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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

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I❤️My cat
Community Member
4 years ago

Wtf is wrong w ur name!

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#22

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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

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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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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.

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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

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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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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Neil Adams
Community Member
4 years ago

It's correctly pronounced 'aitch', without the aspirant. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/aitch

Marie-Louise Chenois
Community Member
4 years ago

In french we pronounce it as "ash"

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E Menendez
Community Member
4 years ago

I have found it depends on where you are from. I have worked with several British people and, depending on region, some pronounce it and some do not.

Mark Penrice
Community Member
4 years ago

Aitch. When said as a letter. As in spelling out your ABCs. The "haitch" version is a mistaken overcorrection that marks the culprit out as a snob attempting to seem higher class than what they were born to and, observing that one class distinction is the dropping of aitches from words that start with said aspirant letter, such as 'orse, 'ouse, 'ot cup of tea etc amongst the working population, deliberately restore it in the hope that they'll sound refined. Not realising that there's some situations, such as with H by itself, or hors d'ouvres, where it must remain silent or doesn't even appear at all. Sometimes halso found hin combination with hadding han haitch to the start hof hall manner hof words that start with ha vowel heven though they clearly don't require hit.

Oliver Laxton
Community Member
4 years ago

Actually, Haytch is the standard pronunciation in Irish English, so it's not necessarily snobby (even though it almost always is). Personally, I say Aytch'h.

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Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

It's a wee bit annoying to read "where the f. it came from" when we are talking about English Englsih (I purposely didn't say "Brittish English")

Stu McKenzie
Community Member
4 years ago

Considering that English invented the English language, perhaps you shouldn't be too peeved by it, embrace it and learn to speak it in its proper fashion...honestly.

Wyndmere
Community Member
4 years ago

Very diplomatic reply.

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Ross Carter
Community Member
4 years ago

Yep. Whilst definitely the wrong way to say it seems to have fallen into common usage. Always makes me cringe

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
4 years ago

I hate it when Americans say "erbs" instead of HERBS! Is it also "otel" for hotel? I don't think so. Thank you Neil Adams. And btw, who exactly pronounces it "heyytchh"?? What words exactly?

Peter Bear
Community Member
4 years ago

In 'artford, 'ereford, and 'ampshire, 'urricanes 'ardly hever 'appen. I love 'My Fair Lady'.

Sasy
Community Member
4 years ago

Aussies say HAYYYYtch just like we say ZEDDDDDDD

LilleMy
Community Member
4 years ago

Cool Whip, anyone? ;-)

Annie Dennis
Community Member
3 years ago

Stewie!

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Heather Kegler
Community Member
4 years ago

Our (American) pronunciation is heavily influenced by French, who drop the "hhhh" sound from everything.

Liza Neumann
Community Member
4 years ago

Except vehicle (veherericle)

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Matthew Braim
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, but herb is pronounced Herb, with the aspirant, in English, that is...xxx

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
7 months ago

As if an American would know how to pronounce anything English

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
11 months ago

DAmn Americans telling the British how to speak English, what a joke

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
1 year ago

You seem to forget the English language you supposedly speak came from England, is our language and it is YOU who corrupt it !

WhiteFox
Community Member
3 years ago

no thats right

Lois Pack
Community Member
4 years ago

ps I hate it too, its quite a new thing.

Lois Pack
Community Member
4 years ago

I am Scottish and we don’t do that.

Norma Johnson
Community Member
4 years ago

watch/read Pygmalion or My Fair Lady

Frank Bromley
Community Member
4 years ago

i'll be hoinest ZEDD bothers me more

Annie Dennis
Community Member
3 years ago

Canadian here. We pronounce H as "aitch" and Z as "zed". A little from column A, a little from column B.

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Isabel Care
Community Member
4 years ago

Annoys the Brits too.

Cathy Róbin
Community Member
4 years ago

Ok so how do you all say, "It's a hot day today."? Not it's a ot day today, or ow instead of how. I think in some circumstances you pronounce the h and in others you don't or you're going to sound like a complete twat! Another example. I can't hear you would sound pretty stupid if you said, "I can't ear you," but each to their own. I'll continue saying hot instead of ot, how instead of ow, hear & here instead of ear and ere. :)

Simon Manning
Community Member
4 years ago

When even an H at the start of a word is no guarantee of it's pronounciation, (Honest, Heir & Hour,) it's no wonder even the British get these things wrong more often than not.

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Michael Godfrey
Community Member
4 years ago

though I once (not in either US or UK, but OZ) hear a person say that they had to "get a hambulance to the ospital"

Hellysal
Community Member
4 years ago

Don't forget the "dublyu" or whatever for "w" :D Well technically in Poland we have the same shit for "y" spelled "igrek" (sounding like "eegrek" probably) so I shouldn't laugh too much on that x'D

Meike Henneman
Community Member
4 years ago

That's french for 'greek y' = y-grec.

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Carter Lawrie
Community Member
4 years ago

I say Aych

Bubba Claw
Community Member
4 years ago

We pronounce it "Aye-ch".

Wanda Sochacki-Suridge
Community Member
4 years ago

Definitely 'aitch' because 'haitch' is only used by the uneducated.

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 years ago

Prick. Ever thought it would make sense to pronounce it with the actual sound that it makes?

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ispeak catanese
Community Member
4 years ago

No idea what the H sounds like but I love Zed. It's so fancy!

Petra Madsen
Community Member
4 years ago

Please somebody tell me what you say in America! I won't be able to sleep now! Don't you say "haytch"??

Kristi Zoebelein
Community Member
4 years ago

Just take off the "h" in that, so we say "aytch", with a long "a" sound at the beginning.

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Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
4 years ago

what

lasagna's underrated
Community Member
4 years ago

"Hey-ch?" Oh god, I'm confused.

Cynthia McDonald
Community Member
4 years ago

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I LOVE it. They say Herbs, like actually say the H, it's not silent. Herb is the old man down the road that doesn't want you on his lawn!

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 years ago

FFS. That's because it's the right pronunciation. Not Uuurrrbs.

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#44

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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

American Vs British

moteIboy Report

Sherlock Holmes
Community Member
4 years ago

X = kiss. xoxo

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