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

Lottie Park
Community Member
3 years ago

Survival of the Brittest

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#2

American Vs British

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Yumeko
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol 😂

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#3

American Vs British

a-thousand-words Report

didi
Community Member
3 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
3 years ago

why not BBC Radio 5? Just curious

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#5

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brigwife Report

E Menendez
Community Member
3 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
3 years ago

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

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#7

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Nicola Morley
Community Member
3 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
3 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

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#10

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Xmayze
Community Member
3 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
3 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
3 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

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MasterDrank Report

Steve
Community Member
3 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

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TC
Community Member
3 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
3 years ago

Same in Poland

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#16

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Fire Bird
Community Member
3 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.

Andrea Ayala Duque
Community Member
3 years ago

That doesn't happen anymore though and they still build houses with sinks like this. It's ridiculous... I can't wait to get rid of mine and stop wasting my hand like a bloody idiot swingin for one tap to the other

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Skye Kaczmarek
Community Member
3 years ago

It's either winter is coming or I am the blood of the dragon, mate.

Nymeria Of Rhoyne
Community Member
3 years ago

Hahhaha Yassss !!!

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Mylah Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

The hot water comes from a tank where it's heated, meaning it's not safe to drink.The cold comes from a filtered plant so u can drink it.

Ne Nov
Community Member
3 years ago

If you want to drink the water, just turn on the cold water only. And by the way the hot water before being heated comes from the same filtered plant, doesn't it... so it is clean already. When heated the heat should kill any bacteria in there if any at all.

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Joakim Utterhall
Community Member
3 years ago

Some even have this medieval torture shit in their shower.

Ana-Maria Dan
Community Member
3 years ago

I am still traumatised by this thing after almost 6 years of living in the UK.

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 years ago

I thought this was just old-fashioned taps all over the world. Do they still install these into new bathrooms? That's madness if they do.

Hemrich Gundesalf
Community Member
3 years ago

Here's an enviromental friendly idea: cap the drain, fill the sink with your desired temperature, use the water that you need. That will use less water than running it. I understand you will not find this comfortable, but is just a matter of getting used to it. I have gotten used to running just the ammount of water I need, but I see most people always open the valve full way, even if they just want to get ther hands a little wet. Now people from some states in the US can tell you how precious this resource is. Everybody took it for granted not long ago.

Jane Bateman
Community Member
3 years ago

I guess I must be the only person on the planet that finds this perfectly normal 🤔

bianca johnson
Community Member
3 years ago

This is in some public bathrooms. They suck, but I can say they exist all over

Deacu Madalina
Community Member
3 years ago

That's just soooooo anoying!!!!

Michèle Gyselinck
Community Member
3 years ago

We used to have taps like that, and I'm sure old buildings still do if they haven't been renovated. I'm NOT sentimental about fixtures.

Lee from Phoenix
Community Member
3 years ago

I grew up in an old apartment in Chicago and our bathroom sink had faucets like these but much older looking.

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Isabelle Herbert
Community Member
3 years ago

It was really the other way round; not contaminating the cold (drinking) water with the water from the hot tank, which was stored in a tank (usually in the loft) until used, and was therefore not drawn straight off the mains supply. Originally, the hot water tanks were not very secure and might even get contaminated with loft 'creatures' (think - the odd dead mouse, leaves etc.) as these were old houses and old fashioned tanks. Separate taps (faucets) kept the drinking water supply clean. I recall this clearly from my childhood, my mum telling me not to drink from the hot tap. Obviously nowadays hot water tanks are secure and all the water is drinkable. It was a public health issue back then, and it worked! Many older houses still have old wash basins and taps, but in a modern house you would only see one tap.

Margaret Jaffe
Community Member
2 years ago

My mother told me never to drink the hot water because of leeching from the lead pipes, since even brand new pipes are made with lead,, but based on the other comments I’m seeing, you might be correct.

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 years ago

Cold water for cleaning ones teeth. Hot water for washing ones face or hair. It's not difficult.

Beata Karpowicz Gaca
Community Member
3 years ago

but it's freezig cold or boiling hot...

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Mark Penrice
Community Member
3 years ago

That's what the plug is for. Jeez.

Leni
Community Member
3 years ago

Germy germ germ

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Soraya Malvaiz
Community Member
3 years ago

America use to have this back in the day, if you go to a house or building pre-1940's you will still see this.

Renee Pruitt
Community Member
2 years ago

I grew up in a house in the USA built in 1837 and they were not like that.

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Mary Jaye
Community Member
3 years ago

WISH OUR KITCHEN FAWCETT HAD THAT. WASTE WATER WAITING FOR IT TO GET COLD OR HOT.

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

I get it at basins at home, but they also do have that in public bathrooms. Just why?

Sourav Sahoo
Community Member
3 years ago

We do have two hands...right?

Kelly moore
Community Member
3 years ago

One for hot and one for cold??? Sorry again left, going to burn you now lol

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Lawrence Canovan
Community Member
9 months ago

do Americans not have this? I literally cannot imagine washing my hands and not feeling my skin burn off...

Charlie_Poulton69
Community Member
2 years ago

because we are rich af you poor af

Charlie_Poulton69
Community Member
2 years ago

because were rich af and your poor af

Faith Condiff
Community Member
2 years ago

We have these in America too! I grew up with them!

Ellen Majewski
Community Member
2 years ago

Was to the UK a summer ago and yes saw many of these also on bathtubs too! Has to do with the way the plumbing was set up many, many years ago.

Freya M
Community Member
3 years ago

Before boilers were common the cold water was safe to drink, but hot water has been in the heating tank for a while and was not safe to drink.

Jim Kissaglis
Community Member
3 years ago

because youre suppose to fill the basin first and wash with that. well back in the day at least. long before "america" was even a thing.

Susan Alderson
Community Member
3 years ago

We have separate taps in Texas.

Lois Pack
Community Member
3 years ago

You have two taps in America too ?

BlakCircleGirl
Community Member
3 years ago

In the 80's-90's, I lived in an older wooden house in Cali that had separate taps. But I agree with other comments that hot water usually isn't filtered so it's not safe to drink.There are cases of brain eating bacteria in like Louisiana where people die from using a Nettie pot. So yah I still kind of stay away from using hot water for certain things.

Christa Sinclair
Community Member
3 years ago

It used to be common in the US too. My dorm room was not en suite, but had a sink in the corner with separate taps.

George Alexander
Community Member
3 years ago

America also has two water taps. One for hot and one for cold. It's according to the bathroom and/or kitchen. Not everybody has cold and hot water coming out of one tap.

Miguel Denyer
Community Member
3 years ago

it is because when British people wash up or shave, they usually run the water into that bowl shaped thing called a wash basin (why else would that be there?) the hot and cold water are then mixed to the users desired temperature and then the washing or shaving proceeds from there...

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
3 years ago

Because they can. I have separate taps in my bathrooms & kitchen. My family & I have never scalded ourselves. Yes, I live in the USA. And yes, the TAPS were bought @ Home Depot. Faucets are called taps in the UK. And no, I do not have any explanation as to the different words.

Carolus Maxima
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm American and I've had these...in a house in America. Pittsburgh! (Yes it was an older place, but still. It was in 2009.)

Daniel Marsh
Community Member
3 years ago

Couldn't you at least put the faucets NEAR each other?

Elizabeth
Community Member
3 years ago

A lot of old homes in America have this.

OdangaUsagi
Community Member
3 years ago

Fill up your hands with cold water, fill it up with hot water and you're good to go! The only way I could cope while in England ;)

Andrei Dima
Community Member
3 years ago

Very weird

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
3 years ago

WTF, We have that in America too. Older building maybe, i remember them from back in the 80's.

Melinda Flick
Community Member
3 years ago

There were plenty of older American apartments and houses that had separate tap too, not just a Brit thing In Days Gone By...

Heather K
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't know about the States, but we used to have these in Canada. I still see them from time to time...and scream.

Chris Gilbert
Community Member
3 years ago

I have this in my British bathroom built in the 90s. I ask myself why the previous owners choose it, every single day. My four year old complains the hot tap is too hot, and the cold tap too cold. I could replace it, but need to replace the sink too. Then I consider replacing the bathroom suite, think of the expense, and change my mind again to put up with it for a bit longer... New bathrooms generally have mixer taps these days. Unless they are styled to look old fashioned.

Ollie Batts
Community Member
3 years ago

Because you can drink the water from the cold tap if it's linked from the mains supply!

Chastin Dreyer
Community Member
3 years ago

still have this, use the hot tap if we need to soak something in the sink don't see why its such an issue

PigMaster
Community Member
3 years ago

So hard to wash it looks like!

Ruth Meszaros
Community Member
3 years ago

This is answered by a very young person, obviously. Everyone used to have two taps.

Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Back in the old days even America had these taps too. I can remember them from my grade school where they had them.

Brenda Pereira
Community Member
3 years ago

I've seen more than my share of these in the U.S.

Louise Brigance
Community Member
3 years ago

Actually I like it. Live in Europe many years ago and I did not think it odd. I did think it odd when I got back to states that we only had one spigot.

Barbara Meyer
Community Member
3 years ago

I had this growing up in NY. Everyone did till the 50s or so.

Cathy b
Community Member
3 years ago

I have a friend, french who lives in England and she have that. She told me the price is also an issue.

Brix-TX
Community Member
3 years ago

Because a lot of their buildings are old and have old plumbing (must also have been solid workmanship when originally constructed, because you still find a lot of sinks like this). In newer construction, you will find what Americans consider "normal" sinks. In 1988 I stayed at a brand new hotel in Leeds and I thought "Great! They'll have new sinks with proper plumbing." When I got to my room I did indeed find a sink in the bathroom with a single faucet, however upon closer inspection I found that there were two separate pipes discharging water through the single faucet. One for hot water and the other for cold. Better than the two faucet set-up but not quite in the Modern Age.

Katinka Min
Community Member
3 years ago

Brits don't like newfangled things. Originally, you poured water into the basin and then washed your hands in there. Today, this is considered gross so you turn on both tabs, put some cold water into your hands and then some hot. Yes, it'S totally idiotic, but people STILL install it that way all the time!!!

Blind Oracle
Community Member
3 years ago

I love these. England feels like Hogwarts, while the US is the messed up modern world. And don't get me started on Florida ...

Martina Třešková
Community Member
3 years ago

From what I heard, the hot water is not drinkable in UK but I don't know if that applies generally. I was always told to plug the sink and mix the hot and cold if I want to wash my face or whatever. Which is fucking idiotic. Especially as a cleaner I hate these sinks because I often need to rinse my cloth under clear running water and I need it warm, not freezing or boiling. But it's fun to come home after a year or so in England. I always stare at our normal taps like it's an alien thing then, or something completely from future, worried to use them because they migt disappear :D

Gina Gregory
Community Member
3 years ago

some old schools here in the states still have their vintage sinks biiig deal

Ie Va
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, this is crazy

Elisa
Community Member
3 years ago

This is just too stupid.

Miklós Nagy
Community Member
3 years ago

Actually really, why???

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Anete Evelone
Community Member
3 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
3 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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Wanda Queen
Community Member
3 years ago

*also true in the North Eastern US

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#20

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didi
Community Member
3 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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I❤️My cat
Community Member
3 years ago

Wtf is wrong w ur name!

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#22

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

They see me rolling, they hatin'...

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#23

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Brigitte
Community Member
3 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
3 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
3 years ago

can't beat a good chip butty :P

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#26

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Ninshi TheImp
Community Member
3 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
3 years ago

oh, the grammar

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#28

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Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
3 years ago

I like knobjockey. I might have to use it.

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#29

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Daria B
Community Member
3 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
3 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
3 years ago

Sandy is more cool than Frank? o_O

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#32

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Andrew Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#33

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Steve
Community Member
3 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
3 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

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Hans
Community Member
3 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
3 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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Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Isnt a willy a dick?

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#38

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Steve
Community Member
3 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

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Ines Äffchen
Community Member
3 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
3 years ago

It's actually quite delicious, economical and takes 5 min to prepare

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John Doe
Community Member
3 years ago

exactly, that's just what you say!! or may be "past midnight" as well

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#42

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Wanda Sochacki-Suridge
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm Australian - we grew up with Freddo Frogs!

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#43

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Neil Adams
Community Member
3 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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Lottie Park
Community Member
3 years ago

Says the Americans with their VERY dodgy definition of a biscuit.

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#45

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Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
3 years ago

Americans do that too. All the time.

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Kjorn
Community Member
3 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
3 years ago

X = kiss. xoxo

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