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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6 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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6 months ago

it should be called Handegg!

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Prince Maroochy
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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

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

Everybody Say love!
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6 months ago

Best. Name. EVER!

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Marcellus the Third
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6 months ago

Toilet, just like water closed and restroom (and bathroom) are euphemisms to avoid thinking of bodily functions... Much weirder to me is that americans park on their driveway but drive on parkways.

Tabitha L
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6 months ago

Hmmm. I always thought parkways were called parkways because the were the roads leading to parks.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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6 months ago

Oh I have rested in a toilet before, mainly to get some peace and quiet from the kids. It doesn’t happen often coz they would rather disturb my toileting.

My O My
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6 months ago

Also at parties I don't want to be at

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Darling McKee
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6 months ago

Restrooms used to have lounges. Watch old movies.

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
6 months ago

That's what cell phones and Netflix are for!

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Esca Sav
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6 months ago

Speak for yourself, I hide there just to avoid my family. That IS my resting time

Molly Block
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6 months ago

I have rested in there. And read many a good books.

Emi Asanuma
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6 months ago

Me too Molly. I have slept in there hugging the toilet seat multiple times. Such fun times.

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Rose Mack
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6 months ago

When women wore corsets, they would go to the “restroom” and take off their corsets to literally rest & “take a breather.” This is why many women’s restrooms have chairs or a sofa. It was very common in regions, where the temperature can be very high.

Kathy Baylis
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6 months ago

And the corsets very tight.

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JessG
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6 months ago

Because it is the room where one would "refresh" themselves, and is just a polite euphemism

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
6 months ago

Thank the strange Victorian British concepts of obscenity still prevalent. Generally "restroom" indicates a public space and "bathroom" indicates a private one. Then again, there's also the crapper, the john, the outhouse...but oddly never a water closet. Search "North American phonology" and "North American Slang" for a trip down the rabbit hole.

Harley Hans Hoglin
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4 months ago

Outhouse is very specific, and in modern America, looked at as old fashion, rural, and even backwards.

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Rae Black
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6 months ago

I've always called it "ladies room", but ok, thanks for generalizing....like everyone else here.

John Bell
Community Member
6 months ago

I used to sleep in the stall when I was drunk at work

Veronica Sjöberg
Community Member
5 months ago

Me too (sober alcoholic now). It's almost funny now but still... no, stilll a bit too sad

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Karen Da Manager
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6 months ago

Why do British people say loo? That sounds soooo weird.

John Baker
Community Member
4 months ago

Loo? Why, that's a dunny, mate. ;-)

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Coleen
Community Member
6 months ago

And "loo" makes sense how?

Kate S
Community Member
6 months ago

In the early 1900's rise of department stores etc, restrooms were created to allow women to rest, usually tired and/ faint from tight fitting corsets and heavy clothing ... It was allowed intended to protect women's image assuring women they could look their best while shopping

Wottermehlon Doge
Community Member
6 months ago

and literally EVERYONE in the midwest says "real quick" like at a restaurant someone says "can I use your restroom real quick?" just once I wanna say "Hey can I use your restroom...for a very long time....I don't know whats gonna happened in there...It could be days..."

hoRSefAce
Community Member
6 months ago

We should all brainstorm a new name and then post it all over social media and see if it catches on.

kitty_player 03
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm pretty sure in other countries it's referred to as ''the toilet/the toilets but I could be wrong

Id row
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6 months ago

Why do you call it a loo? Do you actually loo when you're in there?

Ryan Rickels
Community Member
6 months ago

Because American workers are abused, and it's the only place they can get five minutes of peace during a busy workday.

Michael Wm Gordon
Community Member
6 months ago

The toilet is the porcelain seat that you deposit waste into. I have never walked into a toilet. I don't know why someone would refer to the entire room as a toilet. Not all Americans say restroom, that's more for businesses. Many folks use the word bathroom. But the entire room a toilet? Gtfo

Florence Kirsch
Community Member
6 months ago

Puritanism plain and simple

Edith Wild
Community Member
6 months ago

euphemism

Mary Launer
Community Member
6 months ago

I call it the bathroom and my foreign friend asked me why if there is no bath in there. I didn't have an answer for her

Bill
Community Member
6 months ago

Why is it called a loo?

jamie1707
Community Member
6 months ago

I think that came about because ladies rest a bit while they are on their monthly, rest a bit after changing. Ladies rooms used to all have couches for that purpose.

Alberto
Community Member
6 months ago

Pooroom sounds better…

Patrick McKemie
Community Member
6 months ago

Americans eat a lot. We also poop and sleep a lot. Americans are more efficient than Germans. We get a lot done in there!

Caroline Driver
Community Member
4 months ago

It's Americans being coy. Like, you can't say what the hell or son of a bitch, cos they are BAD WORDS.

Logan Colee
Community Member
5 months ago

I call it the restroom because it’s one of the few places people won’t bother me

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
6 months ago

Of course it's a restroom. That's the only place I can lock myself away from my kids/spouse to get a moment's "rest".

Rage Racer
Community Member
6 months ago

I rested on the toilet a lot in Basic Military Training =)

Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
6 months ago

Can't respond to this question. No clue, it just is what it is. Maybe a colonial Puritan migration revolt?

Merlyn Emrys
Community Member
6 months ago

Puritans and victorians don't want to say Toilet.

Glyn Crisp
Community Member
6 months ago

Americans just can’t bring themselves to use the word “toilet” I have heard it called a “commode” in the US but never a toilet.In some states you aren’t even permitted to hang your washing on a clothes line in case the neighbours see it!

Lynda Momalo
Community Member
6 months ago

It started out as just a euphanism. The delicate of sensibility wouldn't want to suggest that they knew you were going into a room to excrete disgusting substances from your body, so everyone pretended you were just going to "rest" for a moment.

Junebug04
Community Member
6 months ago

You have heard of smartphones, right? lol

Truxxton
Community Member
6 months ago

Uh... WC? Water Closet? I have never watered in the closet...

Catalina Chavez
Community Member
6 months ago

I call it the bathroom. Haha.

Shae Marae
Community Member
6 months ago

I rest in the restroom alot. In the tub mainly

Kerri Labelle
Community Member
6 months ago

It's to sound polite around certain company.

deanna woods
Community Member
6 months ago

That probably has to do with the concept of the rest stop.

Flash Henry
Community Member
6 months ago

In Catholic school, they made us call it "the lavatory" because it can't be a bathroom if it doesn't have a bath.

Ariel Fox
Community Member
6 months ago

In Canada, we call it the WASHROOM, unless you're at HOME - in which case it's just the bathroom!

Prince Maroochy
Community Member
6 months ago

Not sure, but probably because that's where you go to relieve yourself? Getting a *rest* from having to hold it? We also call it the bathroom, which makes more sense since some bathrooms do have bathtubs in them where you can take a bath... but still not perfect, I suppose.

Dutch VanZandt
Community Member
6 months ago

Maybe PC (Poop/Pee Closet) would work better in English than WC (Water Closet)... because of the way "W" is pronounced. (In Dutch WC is pronounced "Way Say")

Timothy Fisher
Community Member
3 months ago

You should only call the bedroom the "restroom" if you plan on crapping the bed. :-P

Breez Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

Ive never said restroom once in 37 years! Ive also never heard any one say restroom. Ignorance is in ALL countries Zak. Seems you are part of that group!

Lindy Mac
Community Member
4 months ago

We also call it the bathroom but at a party we don't take a bath 🛁 when we ask for the location of the bathroom 🤣

Blackheart
Community Member
4 months ago

Why do some people want to poop in a closet (water closet)?

Karen Gavaletz
Community Member
4 months ago

Why do Brits call it a Lou?...I bet there is a good answer for this!

Hannah Marshall
Community Member
4 months ago

In Canada, it's the "washroom"

SF Angel
Community Member
4 months ago

Because we don't want to go around saying we're going to the toilet. That's rather crude

Bettye McKee
Community Member
4 months ago

That's a term we learned in elementary school. It wasn't a bath room because you couldn't take a bath. For lack of a better description, it was politely termed the restroom. The same applies to restaurants, airports, and other public places.

Jane Alexander
Community Member
4 months ago

Actually all these prigs giving Americans a bad time here should be resting in toilets.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

It's the only place you can rest undisturbed.

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Carol Lewis
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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

eye rarck

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Just Carmen
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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Stimpy
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6 months ago

gas

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Bill
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6 months ago (edited)

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

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Chewie Baron
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6 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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6 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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6 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
6 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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6 months ago

Why do you NOT put cheese on everything??

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Caitlin Mangan
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6 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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6 months ago

I pronounce it Bond, James Bond

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Anne
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6 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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6 months ago

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

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