The United States—the land of the free. The home of the brave. And the nation of some very peculiar habits, according to the internet. Other countries in the world are confused by some of the things that Americans do. Like calling tuna “tuna fish” and putting too much cheese on everything. I find it endearing, others find it strange.

Bored Panda has collected some of the best tweets that show how confused foreigners are at what some Americans do. Scroll down and upvote your faves. And be sure to check out our previous post about Europeans who shared what problems are too American for them to grasp.

Culture clashes are nothing new. After all, if every country and culture were the same, there’d be no point in leaving your home, right? (Spoiler warning: due to the coronavirus pandemic, you shouldn’t be leaving your home either way.) Benny Lewis, founder of the Fluent in 3 Months blog, spent 4 years living in the US and has some gripes about the culture. Including how Americans are too politically correct while at the same time they think that everything is “awesome.”

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European other
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5 months ago

It makes sense to start with the day, but I guess it's what you get used to

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DaVo
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5 months ago

it should be called Handegg!

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Prince Maroochy
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5 months ago

We choose from a lot more at first, eventually narrowing it down to two and choosing from them.

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According to Benny from Ireland, Europeans traveling around the US will find a lot of things weird. Like the fact that Americans smile way too much and it’s difficult to know when they mean it and when they’re smiling out of reflex.

Another thing that Benny found very unusual is something a lot of people complain about when they arrive in the US. Yup, you guessed it—tipping! “I really think tipping as a means of waitresses and others earning the vast majority of their living is ridiculous. If I have to pay, say 15% anyway, then include it in the bill! It's not a bloody tip if it's mandatory!” Benny expressed his opinion. Some of us can agree that mandatory tipping is sneaky and that servers should earn a decent wage that isn’t based on tips.

“Why not tip everyone who you interact with in some way—bus drivers, or leave money on your trash can for the garbage man? It's inconsistent, and waiters, hairdressers, and taxi drivers should just charge us what needs to be charged,” Benny writes in his blog.

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Kaisu
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5 months ago

This also goes for strict gun laws. Why do Americans think strict gun laws won't work in their country when it works in literally all other developed countries?

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Thomas brennan
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5 months ago

As an irish person I dont mind it, it is nice for people to be proud of their heritage. What I do mind is when they ask do I know paddy mcsomething from donegal. I know Ireland's small but we don't all live in one village. Oh and the accent impersonations are damn annoying...although in my experience the English are the worst for imitating accents.

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Alan Green
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5 months ago

The other day when they announced America now has the highest C19 infections of any country an american in the comments said "BS, I'm sure Europe has more". Seems some Americans think Europe is a country.

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He also has issues with how in some parts of America prices aren’t what they seem because the tax isn’t included to make the cost seem lower than it really is.

Of course, taxing is different in different states, but this doesn’t excuse corporations from printing up different product costs for each state. Or, as Benny puts it, “We have the same product sold across many European countries and somehow someone in the company found the time to punch numbers into a $1 calculator in advance to tell people how much they are actually paying.”

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

Why was fahrenheit even invented? The metric system just makes so much more sense. Freezing point is 0C and boiling point is 100C. A litre is 1000millilitres, 100 centimetres is 1 metre etc.

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Petra Schaap
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5 months ago

thats not just American. I think it depends on the person. I have local friends who do and local friends who dont, and American friends who do and dont.

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Luna Lovebug
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5 months ago

Do me a favour and google Jessica Simpson: tuna, chicken of the sea. Should answer this question. Seems some people are unaware tuna is fish.

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But before you start thinking that all Europeans have it out for the US, Benny also mentions some awesome things about Americans. For example, nobody can deny that Americans have an incredible work ethic and how open-minded and diverse most of the country is. It’s a country with plenty of positives, peppered with a whole lot of bizarreness.

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Colin Bayler
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5 months ago

Because you don't need a bloody scale to measure grams. All you need is a simple cup with lines. DUH!

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Just Carmen
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5 months ago

Well actually, most of the time we say that we don't give a shit, so.....

Kathy Baylis
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5 months ago

Or don’t give a fat rat’s ass, so...

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Kate Yeti
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5 months ago

That's not an American thing. That's an ignorance thing. We're not all uneducated and illiterate.

Kel Gal
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5 months ago

I’m American and I say it the right way. I’m pretty sure it’s not an “American” thing to say it incorrectly.

Caitlin Mangan
Community Member
5 months ago

Now, this is just being harsh to us, this is not an actual problem.

sh
Community Member
5 months ago

Well, it is incorrect, and makes people look dumb, so it is a problem. People already think Americans are dumb enough; shouldn't we do what we can to disprove that?

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Claire
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5 months ago

I say I couldn't care less and I am very American...

Guinny
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5 months ago

Do British people actaully say Bollocks?

Stuart McCulloch
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5 months ago

We do. At least once a day.

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Stimpy
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5 months ago

yes this always bugs me too

Lisa Pee Wee Jengo
Community Member
5 months ago

That one's a pet peeve of mine. I hate when people say it wrong.

C Black
Community Member
5 months ago

Not everyone says that. Only some say it. MOST people realize that the phrase is "I couldn't care less." Lots of people say things incorrectly. As for what you're asking about, a lot of us know better, but truly I couldn't care less whether people use it correctly or not. As long as I KNOW, that's all that matters to me. I know what people mean and it doesn't bother me if they say it wrong.

Mary Launer
Community Member
5 months ago

I always say couldn't, am I doing it wrong? It wasn't in my American handbook

sh
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5 months ago

Some Americans aren't idiots and we know the correct phrase, we can't speak for the rest who can't even make sense of the own words coming out of their mouth.

Lynda Momalo
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5 months ago

Only people who are sloppy language users say "could care less." We have a lot of them though.

Jack Lambrecht
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5 months ago

"I could care less" is the older version. "I could care less [but not much]" but shortened to "I could care less" so it wasn't such a mouthful. People would know what you mean't.

Kori K. Warriner
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5 months ago

Again, we don't all say it incorrectly. Stop generalizing.

Rae Black
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5 months ago

Depends on the region and slang. I don't give a fuck is more popular in my particular area.

Id row
Community Member
5 months ago

Because half our population is ignorant and has no desire to change. Duh. Why do you think we have a bloated, ignorant trash bag and his trophy stripper wife leading our country?

Katie Allen
Community Member
3 months ago

that's not fair. Most strippers are a lot smarter than the Trumps

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Sue Prewitt
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5 months ago

Only people (not just Americans) with crappy grammar say that.

Noez 🇸🇪
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5 months ago

Love the question about the British 😁

Kenny Kulbiski
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5 months ago

My question. Why does this bother you?

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
5 months ago

The same reason people saying they're going to "try and do" something instead of "try to do" it. It doesn't make sense. If you're going to "try and do it" then you're saying you're going to do it. There is no try about it. As for the could or couldn't, they're opposites. You can't just use one when you mean the other.

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Johnny Farnen
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5 months ago

Why do Brits say "boot" and "lift"? What the heck is a "loo".

Emperor Kitten
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5 months ago

This one has always bothered me

S
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5 months ago

Zero fucks to give ya.

Rosemarie Briggs
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5 months ago

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NASTY MOUTH GOD OUR HEAVENLY FATHER OUR BLESSED LORD JESUS CHRIST SEE'S YOU PUTTING FILTH ON HERE FOR CHILDREN TO SEE GOD FORGIVE YOU. Thats SHAMEFUL to write filth

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david kohn
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3 months ago

you are so right i personally do say i couldnt care less but most people dont

Caroline Driver
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, never made much sense to me either, although I've seen a Quora reply to this which kind of made sense. And yes, we do say bollocks, and bugger, and bloody, along with many other colourful swear words.

Catalina Chavez
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5 months ago

Well because I can care less. Sorry 🤷🏻‍♀️

CherryCola♥
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5 months ago

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Bill
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5 months ago

Because the US had a couple geniuses during the 19th century who arbitrarily tried to impose Latin grammar rules into English language.

Lara Harris
Community Member
5 months ago

This bugs me. Same as when Americans say "on accident" nooooo...it's BY accident or "accidentally". "I broke the cup BY accident" - or... "I accidentally broke the cup". Americans saying supposebly instead of supposedly also really gets on my wick.

hoRSefAce
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5 months ago

That is very offensive to me because only one person I know says supposebly and that is only because they have speech problems so you can shut your mouth.

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Guinny
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5 months ago

bahahahaha look at the bottom though

Toea Muresan Iulia
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1 month ago

this one is cute

Rory Adams
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2 months ago

Well it IS 'i couldn't care less' but can also be sarcastic like 'Oh like I could care less' people just combine them.

Breez Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

Again why are you so stupid? It isnt AMERICANS who say it it is simply an idiot who doesnt know what they are saying. I guess when you are dumb you cant understand things completely huh Candace!

somnomania
Community Member
3 months ago

my parents and i all shout at the tv whenever we hear "could care less", it drives us absolutely bonkers

Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

It's the same people who say irregardless and chester drawers, that's why.

Jolee Hang
Community Member
3 months ago

I've heard it both ways, but it is confusing.

Karen Gavaletz
Community Member
3 months ago

Most people state it correctly....

Julie Hanford
Community Member
3 months ago

Sarcasm, or under education

Kerri Russ
Community Member
3 months ago

My husband and I have gone over and over this during our 27 years together. I would say "I could care less..." with an unspoken "but I won't bother." He, of course, is a "couldn't" person.

Isabella Sherman
Community Member
3 months ago

I"M AMERICAN AND I AGREE 100%!!!!! (i'm also a grammar nazi, tho)

Harley Hans Hoglin
Community Member
3 months ago

And I normally say I couldn't care less, when I don't use some other wording, such as,"I don't give a rat's ass.?"

Harley Hans Hoglin
Community Member
3 months ago

And on that day not one frack was given.

zootietoo
Community Member
4 months ago

Without Freedom of Speech, how would we know who the A**holes are?

pusheen buttercup
Community Member
4 months ago

I wouldn't say this is all americans XD

Hedwig
Community Member
4 months ago

It's mostly people misusing the expression

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

They are using extra words to buy time while they figure out the best way to handle a bad situation.

Logan Colee
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah if you’re impolite then you don’t really care, but where I’m from I’ve rarely heard that phrase

Kate S
Community Member
5 months ago

Simple - irony

Nicole Blake-Walen
Community Member
5 months ago

Sarcasm is satisfying for us.

Meow
Community Member
5 months ago

I am not american or native english speaker, but I always thought that the phrase was used in an ironic-dismissive manner. "I care so much, I could afford to care less...oh wait I don't care at all.". At least that is the way I see it 😂

Darling McKee
Community Member
5 months ago

If you say it like, ‘I could care... less’ it’s attitude.

Winston Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

The more we here about something we already dont care about it the less we do

Karen Dyer
Community Member
5 months ago

Why do Europeans say BOOT, when talking about the trunk of the car, is your car shaped like a boot, or call a cigarette a FAG?

Helen Ayres
Community Member
5 months ago

Like most things to do with language, it's historical. I can't speak for the rest of Europe, as it's an entire continent of 44 countries, but in Britain coachmen, charged with driving a horse-drawn carriage, would generally sit or stand on a locker containing his boots – so it was called the boot locker – in time, simply 'the boot'.

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Paul K. Johnson
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5 months ago

"wharaloadobutterybuttocks"...

Ariel Fox
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5 months ago

You've obviously got a lot of free time or a very boring life Candace!

Emi Asanuma
Community Member
5 months ago

That makes me too Candace!

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Aisling Badsha
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5 months ago

I'm Irish we say I could care less but it's from a shorter version of the sentence I could care less if I tried but I can't be bothered to try. Ie we do care because we can't be bothered no not care

Lara Harris
Community Member
5 months ago

No. The saying is "I COULDN'T care less if I tried" Flip me...

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah, I get it. Unfortunately I have caught myself saying it many times. It isn’t intentional as I know the correct way but it’s just habit that I probably learnt from pop culture.

Florence Kirsch
Community Member
5 months ago

It started out as a sarcastic ( or ironic) way of saying just how much a person could not care less. And it stuck. Perhaps better understood as the smart ass “like I care”. Very American, and taken too far. I’ve heard that this is how language undergoes changes over time.

Leah Rays
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5 months ago

Because we care a little, just not enough to actually do anything.

Nunya
Community Member
5 months ago

In a way, "I could care less" is kind of appropriate. If you COULD care less and you don't, it means you don't give a damn.

Molly Block
Community Member
5 months ago

My American compatriots are stupid, that's why, and I couldn't care less!

Audrey Bob-The-Builder
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5 months ago

I think it is because they say you could care less they mean they COULD but we Americans are too fat& lazy to do so.

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Stimpy
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5 months ago

I tried changing it to "the poopery" but people won't listen to me

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Carol Lewis
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5 months ago

I don't think that, nor have I ever thought that. I don't know anyone who does. Where did you even come up with that nonsense.

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Mette Olsen Douglas
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5 months ago

I don't think I know anybody who lives like they have free healthcare - quite the opposite actually. "Is it truly bad enough to go see a doctor or can we survive without going"? Nobody want those bills that follows a doctors visit!!

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Kaisu
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5 months ago

Some Americans also love making fun of people who speak English with a foreign accent, when they themselves can only speak one language

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Brick
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5 months ago

Anything to not use the metric system whats next: glazed donuts per bald eagle who knows

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Guinny
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5 months ago

eye rarck

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Just Carmen
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5 months ago

Because it's in a MOVIE!! We don't do that IRL.

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Stimpy
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5 months ago

gas

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Bill
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5 months ago (edited)

Because educators didn't want parents to think E meant "Excellent"

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Chewie Baron
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5 months ago

Don't get me started on how Americans pronounce 'mirror'. They miss out the 'o' and say "mirrrrr". Madness!

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago (edited)

High school was pretty much the worst time in my life. My daughter is going through it now and I wish I could just fast forward her outta there.

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Jean Shultz
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5 months ago

Why do European soccer players roll around on the ground during the game acting like they just got their leg cut off?

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah but then you also have 'drinks halls' in germany with liquor, beer, water, soda... Why? Also you're ignoring the "dry county" thing where within one state many counties may sell absolutely zero alcohol and the next does.

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David Arnold
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5 months ago

Why do you NOT put cheese on everything??

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Caitlin Mangan
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5 months ago

I don't think people do, at least where I'm from in the states.

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Patrick McKemie
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5 months ago

I pronounce it Bond, James Bond

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Anne
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5 months ago

They are handy when you bring cooked food to a meeting/people etc.

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Just Carmen
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5 months ago

It's the MOVIES for F sake! Get a clue would you?! We don't DO that IRL.

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