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)
Community Member
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

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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!

Nomadus Aureus
Community Member
3 months ago

For years I couldn't pronounce squirrel. I literally called the poor sods bushy tailed rats. Then I've got introduced to the British pronunciation. Presto squirrel.

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Colin Bayler
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3 months ago

Why did you add the i back into aluminum? English chemist Sir Humphry Davy named the element alumium in 1808 and then changed it to aluminum in 1812. British editors changed it to aluminium to be more in keeping with other elements such as potassium and sodium, while the Americans retained the spelling as aluminum.

Vincent Philippart
Community Member
3 months ago

Thank you for answering a question that has been bothering me for years.

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Esca Sav
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3 months ago (edited)

I'm reading all the comments and getting really concerned with which Americans you've met...

Nomadus Aureus
Community Member
3 months ago

For me, it's the larger than life, insanely loud, waaaaaaaay too friendly, bless you type. (I hear there's a difference in behavior depending on the state you're from? Is that true?)

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Kate Yeti
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3 months ago

America is a big place. We're not all the same. I grew up in New England and now live in the Midwest. People out here say "buh-in" (button) "mou-ain" (mountain) "rek-anize" (recognize) and "pitcher" (picture.) It drives me absolutely insane.

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
3 months ago

Just search for "North American English regional phonology" and keep yourself busy for a few hours whilst on lockdown. It varies not only region to region, but state to state and even city to city. When I joined the Navy, I had to work very hard to lose my accent to be understood over comms...and I could barely understand people from the South and Boston.

Adi Halevy
Community Member
3 months ago

It's a phonological process where an unstressed vowel between two syllables is deleted. It occurs in other words like family, broccoli, cholesterol, etc.

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Fam-i-lee (3 syllables). Brok-o-lee (3 syllables). Ko-less-ter-all (4 syllables). What are you talking about? How else do you say these words? This is mystifying.

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Colin L
Community Member
3 months ago

Guilty as charged... I did this for years, and only in my 40s have I realized that I was mispronouncing it.

Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
3 months ago

My favorite is when people use the wrong word that sounds close to the right word but they don't know they're using the wrong word. My all-time favorite is when they swap "irrelevant" and "irreverent". They can be swapped and work in almost all cases but it really changes the meaning of what they're trying to say. I still remember a 1st Sergeant yelling at us and telling us we were being "irrelevant" when she meant "irreverent". I mean she wasn't wrong but it wasn't what she meant. :)

Gilda
Community Member
3 months ago

How u say caramel pecan ect depends on where you are at in the U.S i am California and i say carAmel lol

Jenica Thomas
Community Member
3 months ago

Pecan is a good one. Pee-can, pee-kin, puh-khan, peh-can. I've heard so many variations.

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kitty_player 03
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3 months ago

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Lynda Momalo
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3 months ago

It's a regional thing -- depending on where in the country you are, people will say it different ways.

Helen Haley
Community Member
3 months ago

To be fair, the US is huge and depending on which region or area you are from your pronunciation can be vastly different, including the word caramel. Also the words used to refer to things can be different. Soda vs pop, neutral ground vs median, sneakers vs tennis shoes etc.

Josh Tall
Community Member
3 months ago

Why do Queen's English speakers add an "I" when they pronounce "aluminum". Its a-lu-min-um...not al-u-min-ni-um!

Ginger Maniscalco
Community Member
3 months ago

Drives me nuts! Libary and Febuary, too.

Winston Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

Whats up with how the British pro ounce aluminum?

Dave P
Community Member
3 months ago

not true, depends on the region. We have regional accent and some do that some dont

Emperor Kitten
Community Member
3 months ago

Yup. All depends on the part of the country how you pronounce it.

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Darling McKee
Community Member
3 months ago

We like being descriptive grammarians. And not told how to speak. Thank you very much.

Carrot dude
Community Member
3 months ago

I, as an American, hate anyone who would dare do this.

Goli Soda
Community Member
3 months ago

Australians pronounce Cocoa as Cacaow. Pronunciation varies region to region. English is a very poorly constructed language. Like 'Go' and 'To' is written similarly but pronounced differently. 'Wind' and 'wind' is written the exact same way but pronounced differently. Hour is pronounced - Aar because H is "silent". Ph and gh is used instead of f, say in 'Tough' and 'Graph'.

Marcos Pereira
Community Member
3 months ago

LOL Try Salmon!! Is the way is pronounced over here, it would be the same as asking why you speak the way you speak wherever it is you live.

Nunya
Community Member
3 months ago

Pronunciations are inevitable. Language evolves over time. There are a lot of silent letters in American English. Frankly, it gets annoying.

Jim Kang
Community Member
3 months ago

Noah Webster, look him up. This one dude changed how we speak and spell English for a whole country. Not saying it's right or wrong. He had his opinions, and because of them we in America, speak and spell some words differently.

Mama Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

It is said both ways in the US. It just depends on where you live.

Hafida
Community Member
3 months ago

Off topic, ever here’d people from Liverpool (uk) speaking. That is bad English for sure. I have to read the translation otherwise I truley don’t understand a thing

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

That’s a regional thing. I always said caramel, and I’ve lived north, south, east, and west in the states.

Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
3 months ago

Never in my life have I neglected the extra syllable.

EA
Community Member
3 months ago

And the name Craig. They always pronounce it like “Kreg”. It’s K-R-A-Y-G.

Rae Black
Community Member
3 months ago

Some of us do. It depends on what region you are in more than seeing the "a". With as many different immigrant populations that we have grown from, different people pronounce words differently.

Joseph Wolf
Community Member
3 months ago

Each region of our country will say it differently

Karen Da Manager
Community Member
3 months ago

It varies.

Jessica B
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm American and maybe it's just me, but I define them as two different things. Caramel is more gooey and Carmel is more chewy and hard.

Id row
Community Member
3 months ago

Once you fix the way you say 'schedule' and 'aluminum' we'll talk.

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
3 months ago

Most don't

Catalina Chavez
Community Member
3 months ago

I actually say caramel. Some people say Carmel, but it’s whatever’s tbh.

C Black
Community Member
3 months ago

I am American and I have always said "CARE-a-mull" (phonetically.) I've heard people also say "CAR-a-mull" and "CAR-mull" (again phonetically) but I believe most Americans say it as I do: "CARE-a-mul."

Brandy Grote
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3 months ago

Caramel is the flavor, carmel is the candy.

Winston Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

American English was intentionally altered to be distinct from the Brits following the Revolution.

Mary Launer
Community Member
3 months ago

brefast, mirr, pumkin my grandma used to ask me the same thing. I said because I don't want to. lol

Kel Gal
Community Member
3 months ago

Accents are different. I have a deep southern accent and I pronounce some things differently than people do up north. Deal with it.

Minnie-me
Community Member
3 months ago

let's be honest, we are just lazy people.

Chloe Drury
Community Member
3 months ago

THIS ANNOYES ME SO MUCH BECAUSE I SPEAK FLUENT FRENCH AND ENGLISH AND WHERE I AM FROM THEY MAKE A LOT OF CARAMEL AND IM ALWAYS LIKE OH I CAN BRING YOU GUYS SOME FROM FRANCE AND THEY'RE LIKE oOoOo I LOvE cARmEL AND I WANNNA SMACK THEM

Leah Rays
Community Member
3 months ago

Because if we say it the right way, people always laugh, correct us, and ask why we did it so oddly.

Guinny
Community Member
3 months ago

i red that as camel lol

Jeri Moore
Community Member
20 hours ago

Accents. We have several.

Dennis Beckermann
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Carmel is a color and caramel is a candy

Breez Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

They dont only idiots who cant speak do. Why do dumb cunts like you lump a small group of idiots with a country? You are aware each and every individual in ANY Country have different brains/iqs. Probably not

Fact Perils
Community Member
1 month ago

It depends where in the US you are. The Eastern coast says it that way while Western says caramel.

elfin
Community Member
1 month ago

In English a whole lot of words aren't pronounced the way they're written. Personally I think that British surnames may be the worst.

Alex K
Community Member
1 month ago

they also say aluminum

Jolee Hang
Community Member
1 month ago

It's slurred. The American accent.

FV BryM
Community Member
1 month ago

Did you seriously ask that question? Stupid cunt.

Lauren Michlin
Community Member
1 month ago

we don't, unless i'm a special american

Isabella Sherman
Community Member
1 month ago

AGAIN, AMERICAN SPEAKING, THIS IS STUPID AND I HATE IT TOO.

izzy bradford
Community Member
1 month ago

ugh u dont understand us

Bryn Tillberg
Community Member
1 month ago

BECAUSE THAT IS HOW IS IS PRONOUNCED!!!

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
1 month ago

lazy speakers and it is Caramel with the extra a.

StillBrian'smom
Community Member
1 month ago

It's what you grew up with. I said worsh for wash and never realized it until we moved somewhere else and I got called out on it. They were right so I changed it but I still have to think twice before saying wash and it doesn't flow off my tongue near as easily as worsh did. Same story for squorsh! :)

Katie Allen
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm American and I say "care-a-muhl"

Jazmin Rebel
Community Member
1 month ago

I say caramel

Bettye McKee
Community Member
1 month ago

Because we speak American, and we speak it in different ways in different parts of the country. So if you speak your local dialect, it is not wrong, it's just different.

Cookie
Community Member
1 month ago

And salmon.

Dave Chapman
Community Member
1 month ago

I axed them, next I knew I was in a amblance, should of walked.

Jane Alexander
Community Member
1 month ago

This from people who have a sauce called wist-a-sher but put a whole lot of extra letters in it.

Katie Allen
Community Member
1 month ago

and Chlomondely sounds like "Chumley"

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pusheen buttercup
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1 month ago

America is a big place, and many Americans can have different american accents. :) I do not say "carmel". An "American accent" can sound several different ways... ask anyone from jersey or texas.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

The same reason they say lie berry.

Jeff Christensen
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1 month ago

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Heather Webster
Community Member
2 months ago

It all depends on which part of the country you live in. I use caramel and “carmel” interchangeably. My mom is from the south and dad from the north. Most areas of the US have a preferred pronunciation.

Logan Colee
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2 months ago

It’s the southern accent that does it where I live

Lorraine R
Community Member
2 months ago

These are regional differences. There's more than one "American" accent.

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Nope. Pronounced kar-a-mel. Where do people come up with this stuff? I bet there is some person from the US that is just bullshitting everyone else to see what you will believe.

Kerri Labelle
Community Member
3 months ago

No, that's just certain parts of America. The stupid part. Mostly the south if that explains it better.

Leah Rays
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Because people say it that way, and if you don't say it that way then you get corrected or weird looks, or both. It's easier just to say carmel.

Scott Lloyd
Community Member
3 months ago

The extra a takes too much time to say.

Jean Shultz
Community Member
3 months ago

South, Central or North Americans????

LoPandas
Community Member
3 months ago

You're not quirky. You're not culturally wise. YOU ARE ACTING LIKE A MORON.

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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
Community Member
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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