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

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Lottie Park
Community Member
3 years ago

Survival of the Brittest

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#2

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Yumeko
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol 😂

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#3

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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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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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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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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.

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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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#19

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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).

Mistrz Varflock
Community Member
3 years ago

Now I really want to try that kind of chocolate. I like overly sweet things.

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Wim Lammens
Community Member
3 years ago

Here's where I come in from tiny Belgium to say that neither American nor British chocolate comes anywhere near the quality of our stuff... :-) pierre-mar...d94b11.jpg pierre-marcolini-596cd20d94b11.jpg

Karen Singrey
Community Member
3 years ago

Norwegian & Swedish milk chocolate beats the heck out of Belgium choclate... and Swiss chocolate is to die for!

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Master Markus
Community Member
3 years ago

What? In Canada Hersey's is pretty overly sweet and is definitely of lower quality. What on Earth does she mean by "it burns"? I've had 99% cocoa chocolate before and while I wouldn't describe it as lovely it certainly didn't BURN.

Sarah Robinson
Community Member
3 years ago

Hersey's here is poor quality chocolate too, pretty much the same as most British chocolate made by the big companies. You want decent chocolate then you get it from a small supplier :-) And totally agree, seriously dark chocolate doesn't burn! In fact the only chocolate I know that burns is Montezuma's chilli and lime chocolate!

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jo_shortland
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3 years ago

Hershey's is like Chocolate Vomit

Kristi Zoebelein
Community Member
3 years ago

YES!!!

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Jose Baeyens
Community Member
3 years ago

As a Belgian.... dont het me started on the chocolate. Iconoclasts.

Leni
Community Member
3 years ago

I've never been very impressed with Belgian chocolate tbh.

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Kristi Zoebelein
Community Member
3 years ago

Hershey's is gross, it tastes kind of like vomit. I've always hated it and never understood why people love it so much.

lasagna's underrated
Community Member
3 years ago

Why? That's a disgrace to all Americans!

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India Perkins
Community Member
3 years ago

Im british and i have had a hershey's before and it was nice. I dont understand what these people are complaining about. I agree that it was different to how "british chocolate" is, but it was still nice

Mascha Claessens
Community Member
3 years ago

Wait, I was pretty sure American chocolate was more or less just sugar and a littlebit of cocoa. I've always had American friends telling me how much better our European chocolate is compared to theirs.

Stefanie Patterson
Community Member
3 years ago

Super true. As an American, I would eat European chocolate over Hersheys any day.

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Maybe they're different for the Korean market, but I thought Hershey's are just averagely sweet. On the other hand, I fancy myself some 90% Lindt every now and then. ♥

Stefanie Patterson
Community Member
3 years ago

Korean Hersheys is the American kind. Some other candy bars are the European ones. I'm not a big fan of most Korean chocolate bars because a lot tend to be waxy to save money. Ghana is quite good though. I don't know if it is "Korean" though.

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 years ago

British chocolate is sweet and creamy. American chocolate is bland and NOT creamy. More like cooking chocolate.

Nathan Hemingway
Community Member
3 years ago

Our baking chocolate (US) is usually dark and just unsweetened. Not "bland" at all; very bitter. I don't know if the original person can really discern tastes all that well. Hershey's very well might be disgusting, bland, gross, etc, but it's not "too dark." If anything, it's the opposite. That would be like mistaking the tannins in red wine for "too sweet."

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Anne Poirier
Community Member
3 years ago

Give me Cadbury's anytime!

Mark Penrice
Community Member
3 years ago

What the hell? I've tried Hersheys. It's like goddamn cake icing. Like, the squidgy kind, not even properly set. Essentially icing sugar and some watery milk with a noncomittal suggestion of cocoa. Did someone prank them by putting a slab of Green & Black's 90% in a Hershey wrapper?

Simon Manning
Community Member
3 years ago

Green & Blacks for the win. 98% Cocoa. How dare they call us wimps!

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HauntedForests
Community Member
3 years ago

Milk chocolate is too sweet to me. Dark chocolate however is the best, in my opinion.

Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder if they are different in Britain...I used to live in Hershey, PA, and I've never had a bitter Hershey's chocolate bar, unless I specifically chose Dark Chocolate (less sweet....mmmmm)

St Helena
Community Member
8 months ago

As a British person I can confidently say that most British people like dark chocolate, I don't like Hershey's because it's basically sugar and cocoa solids with no actual cocoa powder (translation, sweetened fat)

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
3 years ago

British chocolate is the best! Crunchies, Aeros, Cadburys...

Judith Wilson
Community Member
3 years ago

Hersheys tastes like cheap cooking chocolate

Wyndmere
Community Member
3 years ago

Good. Send all tbe Hersheys to the Brits. We'll take dark Belgian chocolate.

Xmayze
Community Member
3 years ago

Did you know that the distinct taste of Hersheys is pretty much spoiled milk? Back in the day they couldn't get the milk from farm to factory before it started turning (they used it anyway). The Americans loved it anyway so once they could distribute it before it spoiled they had to add the taste of sour milk back in as their sales had dropped so much. Seriously....

Dustin Morgan
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm pretty sure that's a tall tale, pal. I've had sour milk. It was out of my mouth and on the caf floor with me crying my 11 year old self to the bathroom to throw up in like under five seconds.

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Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
2 months ago

The British were fine with their chocolate, until the Americas bought the company out because no Americans like it?

perfekschon
Community Member
3 years ago

Hershey's freaking disgusting ! It tastes like you forgot your chocolate for five or six year in your cabinet... UK chocolate is disgusting as well... no jealousy

Lois Pack
Community Member
3 years ago

You ruined Cadburys

George Alexander
Community Member
3 years ago

There's the problem not enough cocoa. We American's can't talk when it comes to sugar. We put a tremendous hole in the world supply of sugar. 😁

Jason Basa
Community Member
3 years ago

American who spent a good chunk of my living in Europe..............Herseys is like eating fucking Wax. I don't know how so many Americans can eat this shit. American chocolate sucks. We are definitely bad at chocolate making.

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
3 years ago

Who the hell doesn't dilute Ribena with water! Surely it's on the label. Much better than sodas. And extremely good served hot (& diluted with water), when you have a cold. It's blackberry juice it's good for you! Lucozade better than Gatorade!

jevais
Community Member
3 years ago

Hershey's chocolate is real wonderful, can't find it here in Switzerland; I miss it.

James Roden
Community Member
3 years ago

This is bullshit - clearly the OP is just unable to distinguish basic food types. Hershey's is pretty much just sugar and additives, it contains about half as much cocoa as British chocolate.

Norma Johnson
Community Member
3 years ago

one word- Cadbury's Flake, well actually that's two words....

Jeff Schwab
Community Member
3 years ago

I can't stand regular Hershey's bars either! Cause they're too sweet lol.

Siobhan Lo
Community Member
3 years ago

It's not that we can't eat dark chocolate, it's that Hershey's in particular is fucking revolting!!!!

Lai'Anna Martin
Community Member
3 years ago

I did not know this

bigoldthor
Community Member
3 years ago

Lot of chocolate snobs in this thread. Just eat the chocolate you like and stop telling everyone else what they should and shouldn't like. "OMG!!! Like, how can' you eat that?! It tastes like vomit!!!" Jfc it's just chocolate. On that note, ima go eat some m&m's now. Yummmmmmyyyyyyyyyy.

Heather K
Community Member
3 years ago

Did you know that Cadbury's recipes are different for the UK and Canadian markets? Beware of so-called imports sold in UK-styled shops. How to tell: bona fide UK Cadbury wrappers do NOT have both French and English wrappers!

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
3 years ago

In the US a nationally sold chocolate bar has to be designed to survive in Death Valley (very hot) and Alaska (very cold), so it is high in cocoa, sugar and preservatives. In the UK it has to survive the south coast (quite warm) and the north of Scotland (quite cold), so our choc contains more fat. I prefer ours, but I guess it’s what you’e used to…

TheCuteOrpington
Community Member
3 years ago

I love dark chocolate! I eat it every day!

Leni
Community Member
3 years ago

There's stores here in NL that sell '100% pure chocolate bars' now... not sure how to eat those still, i can't even do regular dark chocolate

havanaclub_soda
Community Member
3 years ago

Hershey's is sugary dog sick chocolate. I don't think it ever was a cocoa bean. It's vile.

Louise Brigance
Community Member
3 years ago

For Gods sake, if you want good chocolate you don't get it from the Brits. Swiss, Belgian, or Dutch chocolate, only!!

Blue Cicada
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes! Smooth texture, authentic cocoa flavor.

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Marysia Jawłowska
Community Member
3 years ago

In this case, I actually feel like rooting for Americans and I'm pleasantly surprised they have something that would be socially accepted to be sweet but still isn't.

Bubba Claw
Community Member
3 years ago

They want bitter, give them a bar of "Baking Chocolate".

Rainy Day Wolf
Community Member
3 years ago

I didn't like chocolate until I tried bitter chocolate which has little to no sugar... it's amazing... now I only buy those here in Mexico, artisan made... which can also be used in mole or to make chocolate beverages with different ingredients included mint or chilli (no milk obviously)

Karen Singrey
Community Member
3 years ago

They have the Lions bar in Britain. It is one of the best candy bars ever!

Tiffini
Community Member
3 years ago

How much sweeter can chocolate be, seriously??? I don't understand.

Tereza Skálová
Community Member
3 years ago

My favourite chocolate contains 89% cocoa. Try it!

Grace Barclay
Community Member
3 years ago

Lindt Chili?

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Miriam L
Community Member
3 years ago

Funny - when we visit London, that's where we get all the really strong, really dark, unsweetened Green&Black's dark chocolate. It's an acquired taste, but the less intense varieties are delicious... We also buy milk chocolate there because the stuff made for export is much poorer quality. I'm confused...

Susan Forbes
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazon carries it

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lasagna's underrated
Community Member
3 years ago

Huh. *throws all the chocolate at my British friend*

Teri Donovan
Community Member
3 years ago

And yet, in another post the Brit is complaining that Americans put too much sugar in everything. Conclusion: Brits just like to bitch.

Caroline Driver
Community Member
3 years ago

I've not tried Hershey's dark, but Hershey's Kisses smell like vomit and taste like dried up sour milk.

Katie Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

Hershey's is disgusting.

Leonora P
Community Member
3 years ago

American chocolate tastes revolting

fubukifangirl
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3 years ago

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Cadbury is practically instant diabetes in bar form.

Delta Hill
Community Member
3 years ago

Please don't be that ignorant troll. Diabetes of ANY type cannot be brought on by eating a large amount of sugar in one sitting. Add to that, Type 1 Diabetes has absolutely nothing to do with diet or lifestyle choices. There is no known cause or cure. Please don't continue to spread the kind of rubbish you just spouted.

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#21

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I❤️My cat
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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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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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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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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
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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
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3 years ago

X = kiss. xoxo

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