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Americans Reveal The Things They Think Are Strange About British People


Americans Reveal The Things They Think Are Strange About British People

In a remarkable turnaround of fortune - well, sort of - a thread on Reddit has given the good 'ol folks of the USA a chance to offer up some of their thoughts on what they find weird about people from the UK.

Obviously, there is a long-standing tradition of friendly rivalry and half-joking hostility between the people of the US-of-A and British folks, but at the end of the day, the relationship is probably pretty good.

Hell, there are definitely people who hate both the USA and UK more than each other does.

Anyway, whilst the countries share much in the way of culture and language, there are also as many stark differences, and the Yanks have been having their say on what they don't get about the brits.


So, what do they find so strange about British people? Let's have a look.

Of course, there's a lot of tongue-in-cheek stuff and some downright stupid suggestions, 'not associating guns with freedom' is a great case in point.

But, dig down a bit and there's some interesting quirks.

So, what do Americans think is weird about Brits? Credit: PA
So, what do Americans think is weird about Brits? Credit: PA

One person wrote: "Greeting people with "Alright?"

That is a bit strange, now that you mention it.

Upping the ante, another person said: "How about the Yorkshire greeting 'Now then'. Seems perfectly normal to me but the uninitiated we're literally starting a conversation with a two-word self-contradiction."

The kitchen is perhaps where some of the most stark differences reside, as one person pointed out: "The UK eat more baked beans than the rest of the world combined."


Another said: "Having a washing machine in the kitchen."

The contrasts continue outside the house too, with the road a particular bone of contention.

Someone else offered: "[Brits] allow cars to drive in both directions on a road wide enough for only one car."

Well, when everything isn't laid out like a game of Connect Four, it does get a bit like that.


Another Yank pointed out: "Own kettles."

The chocolate is certainly different. Credit: PA
The chocolate is certainly different. Credit: PA

It's not just the Brits who might be a bit caught out by that, but - in general - American households don't have a kettle.

Can you imagine that?


So, apparently, Americans also don't have kitchen doors.

Obviously, that doesn't cover everyone, but a lot of people were very surprised to hear that allegation.

On top of that, we've got the pronunciation of the word 'herb' - or 'erb' if you're American - and a whole host of other things.

Importantly, there are probably more things that unite the countries than divide them, and it's worth remembering that before everyone ends up in some sort of modern day Boston Tea Party/War of Independence situation over a hotel room without a kettle.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: UK News, US News, Reddit, Weird

Tom Wood
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