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)
Community Member
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.....

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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

Donna Leske
Community Member
5 months ago

You made me laugh out loud. Seriously.

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Ariel Fox
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5 months ago

We say "Creg" in Canada too! So WHAT - who CARES except YOU?

SnowWolf
Community Member
5 months ago

Why though? It's CrAIg

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Guinny
Community Member
5 months ago

isn't it pronounced KRAYG

Tabitha L
Community Member
5 months ago

That is how I say it....

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Prince Maroochy
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5 months ago (edited)

Uh, I'm American and I pronounce it Krayg, never heard anyone who doesn't pronounce it that way...

Craig Lee
Community Member
5 months ago

That's my name, and I've never heard anyone pronounce it like "Creg".

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Johnny Farnen
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5 months ago

Again, this varies state-to-state. While bored on lockdown, have a go at the crazy linguistics of the US in particular. Think people from Boston have a weird accent? New York? Try reading about the Pittsburgh accent, or the Missouri accent, or the West Coast "vocal fry". A search of "North American English regional phonology" will get yinze dahntahn...

My O My
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5 months ago

I' gonna look that up 😀

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Jean Shultz
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5 months ago

Why does it matter that North Americans pronounce words different? At least we all understand one another.

LoPandas
Community Member
5 months ago

North Americans is a GENERALIZED TERM!!!! Do you mean people from Mexico, Canada, or the United States? (Now do you see how you sound)

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Maf Sweet
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5 months ago

And they pronounce Graham as Gram!

Jolee Hang
Community Member
3 months ago

Graham is Gray-ham, but we slur it, so the h is almost silent.

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Ice cube
Community Member
5 months ago

i always pronounce it crayyg

Id row
Community Member
5 months ago

In all the world of cultural questions you want an answer to, this is what you come up with?

FosterDraws
Community Member
5 months ago

wait how do they pronounce it like cr aye g or something

Ripley
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm always left wondering if they mean Craig or Greg.

Darling McKee
Community Member
5 months ago

Everyone is way to bored

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EA
Community Member
5 months ago

I did not see this and just commented on another post 😂

Rae Black
Community Member
5 months ago

Because that's how we pronounce it.

Karen Da Manager
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Because it is. How else would you pronounce it?

Ms.GB
Community Member
5 months ago

Crag....Creeg....idk seriously how do other people pronouce it, I always thought it rhymed with Greg...what does it rhyme with?

Ms.GB
Community Member
5 months ago

How do you pronounce it?

Jaz Jensen
Community Member
5 months ago

Cray g like vague, sage, page.

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C Black
Community Member
5 months ago

It depends on the area of the country but it's called "different dialects." Look it up.

Samantha Bushnell
Community Member
5 months ago

Why is Aaron pronounced Air-rin?

Vanta Black
Community Member
3 months ago

A-A-RON!

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Winston Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

Theres countless accents across the country. What region are you talking about?

mr. stark i don't feel so good
Community Member
5 months ago

It is lol

Leah Rays
Community Member
5 months ago

I, an American, have never, or known anyone who does, pronounced it creg.

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
5 months ago

My brother's name is Craig and we pronounce it creg. He doesn't care.... I'm sure it was just over time we lost the ay sound.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

My mum lived in the US for almost 14 years and she developed an American accent, boy did we take the piss out of her. We still do it even though she has lived in Aus for 2 years. Mainly when she says things like “I gotta go get some gas”, it’s like no mum, you need to get petrol. “I need a cart”, no mum you need a trolley lol.

Ariel Fox
Community Member
5 months ago

You think it's a sign if superiority to use antique words like "petrol" and "trolley" ? Do you also call freeways "carriageways", and think cars have "boots" and "bonnets", as if they were clothed??

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elfin
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3 months ago

I think it is pronounce however the owner of the name wants it to be pronounced.

Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Don't know, Edan.

Jolee Hang
Community Member
3 months ago

How else would you pronounce it? The pronunciation is close enough that if you can speak English well, than you would probably pronounce it that way. It's like my sister's name, Taima. It's supposed to be pronounced Ta-I-ma, but if you say it enough, fast enough, it sounds like Ti-E-ma, which is how everyone says it.

Bryn Tillberg
Community Member
3 months ago

it is

SF Angel
Community Member
3 months ago

This makes negative 0 sense. Figure it out in the metric system

Bettye McKee
Community Member
3 months ago

Why do the British pronounce "clerk" like "Clark"?

John Baker
Community Member
3 months ago

You don't have regional accents in your country?

Jaybird3939
Community Member
3 months ago

There are different accents in America. I don't know where that pronunciation is from, but we pronounce it C-ray-g

Toni Carroll
Community Member
3 months ago

it's called an accent.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm beginning to suspect you know only one American and they didn't like high school any more than you did.

Logan Colee
Community Member
4 months ago

We don’t ya nimrod

Kk C-Mcgee
Community Member
5 months ago

That's Europeans

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
5 months ago

And they can't say Graham properly, irritating

Daniel Lewis
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5 months ago

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Because that is the correct way to say it, you Eurotrash moron.

Everybody Say love!
Community Member
5 months ago

No it isn't: The name "Craig" is Scots Gaelic for "Rock" and also translates as "Peter". It is pronounced K-R-AY-G (AY as in HAY). Check your sources before you go calling people morons. Pot. Kettle. Black.

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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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