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  • Gillette
    Was it Winston Churchill who, referring to the US and the UK, called them two countries divided by a common language, or something like that?
    Just done a quick Google search and it says it was George Bernard Shaw. Oh well, I can't always be right or people will think I'm just too perfect! *she says with tongue very firmly in cheek

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  • nunhead_man
    Hi there

    {FX} pedant mode on

    I assume this is a comparison of the United Kingdom and the United States of America - as if this is really a comparison with America, I cannot see, for example, that the Argentinians would say "fizzy"

    {FX} pedant mode off



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  • ccinjersey
    started a topic British/American


    I came across this article, and found it interesting, very amusing, and very true.



    Despite Britain and America sharing the same language, the two countries couldn't be more different.

    We're not talking about obvious things like currency, taxes, health care, and politics; it's the everyday stuff that Brits barely bat an eyelid at that seems to shock folk from the United States.

    British traditions and lingo can sometimes be so puzzling that Americans just can't get their heads around it.

    1 Drinking tea in the summertime

    2 Saying 'Maths' instead of 'Math'

    3 Putting the date before the month

    4 Going for a Cheeky Nando's

    5 Not tipping bar staff

    6 Being incredibly polite

    7 Having 'juicy bits' instead of 'pulp'

    8 Putting washing machines in kitchens

    9 Cricket

    10 Putting an X at the end of a text to symbolize a kiss

    Things that British folk can't get their head around about Americans

    1 Ice cubes

    2 Stores that never close

    3 "How are you?" is not a real question

    4 outlets don't have off switches

    5 The toilets have so much water in them

    6 High School graduation ceremonies

    7 Laundry rooms

    8 Tax isn't included in the price

    9 No one uses a tea kettle

    10 Lemonade isn't fizzy