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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3 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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3 months ago

it should be called Handegg!

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Prince Maroochy
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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

eye rarck

Winston Smith
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3 months ago

I hear it said at least 3 different ways depending on what news channel you watch

Jean Shultz
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3 months ago

Why do you says Americans like the United States is the only America??

Felix Feline
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3 months ago

Because the only country in the Americas that has as its demonym "American" is the USA.

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Chloe Drury
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3 months ago

would you like us to say it "ee rake"

Helen Ayres
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3 months ago

No. It's "ih-RACK" 😂

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Scott Lloyd
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3 months ago

This is funny. So when does the new I-RAQ and I-RAN come out.

Matthew Smith
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3 months ago

How about the American pronunciation of ADIDAS.....

Jaz Jensen
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2 months ago

I say ad ah das - Australian

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Catalina Chavez
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3 months ago

I’m sorry, but your question seems to be a little dumb.

John Hopkins
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3 months ago

Also they say Q-tar instead of Qatar

Tabitha L
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3 months ago

We say 'cutter' for Qatar. Is that incorrect?

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Daniel Lewis
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3 months ago

Madtv - Apple I-rack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw2nkoGLhrE

Helen Haley
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3 months ago

I miss madtv.

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David Arnold
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3 months ago

Who does this?? I've never heard it pronounced that way and I'm from Texas.

Uchman
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3 months ago

C'mon you can't be serious. George W Bush every single time and he was your governor too!

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Buna Alkhas
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1 month ago

LOL Apple product!! i-Ran I teach English in Iran and am fighting a losing battle. My students have seen American films, TV and News and they think it is the American pronunciation. All I can say is that Americans are all i-diots.

Cookie
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1 month ago

Also Iran, like I ran. (Should be ee-run.)

Buna Alkhas
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1 month ago

e-ROCK and e- RON (like the boy's name)

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Rage Racer
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2 months ago (edited)

Why do people from Germany call it Deutschland and everyone else calls it Germany?

Rolfen
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2 months ago

We call it Deutschland because that's just the way we always said it. Roman authors mentioned tribes called 'Germani', and the land as Germania, so I guess their Latin was eventually translated to English, and that's it.

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Kathy Baylis
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3 months ago

I have always pronounced it like “ear-rock”. That is the correct pronunciation, isn’t it? Then again, the ones who pronounce it “eye-rack” probably also call people from Italy “eye-tal-yuns”, so...

Katie Axon
Community Member
3 months ago

I say eye-rack because that's the way I learned it and it's hard to change how I pronounce a word that I've apparently been mispronouncing for years, and no, I don't say eye-tal-yuns. You can blame my teachers for my mispronunciation of Iraq.

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Kori K. Warriner
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3 months ago

Clueless as to what this question even refers to....context please?

Tabitha L
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3 months ago

Nope. That may be a regional accent thing. Not a universal American thing.

Helen Haley
Community Member
3 months ago

Part hubris and part xenophobia. We learned to pronounce it from generals etc on tv pronouncing it that way. It's like when a jealous guy keeps saying your boyfriends name wrong on purpose. They think they're somehow denigrating the person, when in reality they just look stupid. Sadly, it has entered the common lexicon mispronounced and has mostly stayed that way.

C Black
Community Member
3 months ago

We don't live there. We pronounce it differently because we hear others pronouncing it differently. It truly doesn't matter. Everyone knows what people are speaking about no matter how they pronounce it. I personally say it "ear ROCK" with the accent on "rock," but I am sure that is incorrect to some, as well.

Ginger Maniscalco
Community Member
3 months ago

Many of them do the same thing with I-ran and I-talian.

TropicalPanda
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3 months ago

this is the most annoying thing.. and also they sound like they are imitating dog's barking

Timothy Fisher
Community Member
21 hours ago

I've only head it pronounced two ways, "Eye rack" and "Eye rock". What do you use?

Breez Brown
Community Member
4 weeks ago

It isnt AMERICANS it is White Americans like of Irish Scottish and English decent. Those of us whose families come from a Non English speaking country( Italy France etc) Say it correctly. Why do dumb ass throw a small group of people in with a whole country!

mr. stark i don't feel so good
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1 month ago

I RACK

Lauren Michlin
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG i just realized that iran had an i in front of it!!

Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
1 month ago

lol

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Eye Rack is how the pronounce it because they do not use the long A just the short A and the I has to be pronounced as such not just "i".

Bettye McKee
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1 month ago

Some people say Italian as eye-talian.

Lorraine R
Community Member
2 months ago

When I was a radio news reader (1975-ish), I was instructed to say "eye-rack" and "ee-rahn".

Id row
Community Member
3 months ago

Why do Brits make the word aluminum so complicated? When you fix that, you can make fun of us on how we pronounce things.

Liam Walsh
Community Member
1 month ago

Aluminium is spelled differently and is actually the older term.

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FV BryM
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1 month ago

What the fuck are you talking about? Stupid bitch.

M O'Connell
Community Member
1 month ago

What is causing you so much pain?

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

I don't know. I don't think I care.

Logan Colee
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s just the numerous accents that we have stretched over our country

Eva Bryson
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3 months ago

We don't.

Johnny Farnen
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3 months ago

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Why do Europeans call people from the US "Americans" when by definition people from Canada and Mexico are also Americans?

YoyoSthlm
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3 months ago

Because that's what you're called, the others are called Canadians and Mexicans. Or what do you want to be called?? USAians?

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Caitlin Mangan
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3 months ago

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Why DON'T you!?

Goli Soda
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3 months ago

It's actual pronunciation is e-raak an e-raan (Iraq and Iran)

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Zillyboy
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3 months ago

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We can afford apple products here.

Norbertus Van Den Bosch
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3 months ago

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Well, it is like apple products an overrated, highly expensive thing... Cost a lot and takes many years to get rid of.

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Just Carmen
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3 months ago

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

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Stimpy
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3 months ago

gas

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Bill
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3 months ago (edited)

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

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Chewie Baron
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3 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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3 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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3 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
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3 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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3 months ago

Why do you NOT put cheese on everything??

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Caitlin Mangan
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3 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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3 months ago

I pronounce it Bond, James Bond

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Anne
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3 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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3 months ago

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

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