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2013-01-06 07:41:38 AM
12 votes:
TL:DR version of TFA: I got a dictionary for Christmas.
2013-01-06 07:06:18 AM
9 votes:
I was in London in 2012 and the people there couldn't have been nicer -- especially when I let them know that we saved their asses back in the big one so how about that ice cold Budweiser NOW!
2013-01-06 09:17:53 AM
5 votes:

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I was in London in 2012 and the people there couldn't have been nicer -- especially when I let them know that we saved their asses back in the big one so how about that ice cold Budweiser NOW!


For extra obnoxious points when they tell you to pay, you yell "I already paid for this beer sir! It was called the Marshall Plan."
2013-01-06 09:11:30 AM
5 votes:
I'm betting he rapes his thesaurus on a regular basis.
2013-01-06 09:09:45 AM
5 votes:
"I'm an American."

"DON'T SHOOT!"
2013-01-06 08:48:37 AM
5 votes:

Relatively Obscure: That author was trying way, way, way too hard.



gettingdownwithjesus.com

The word, he was paid by
2013-01-06 08:35:46 AM
5 votes:

kenchie: Will Self is a pretentious arsehole.


Land Ark: Mr. Self, would you please GET TO THE BLOODY POINT.


All of the above.

Also:

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2013-01-06 07:30:12 AM
5 votes:
I imagine we Americans probably aren't as wry and witty as those Brits because we've burned out our brain cells shooting novocaine into our gums and stuffing aluminum salts under our arm pits.
2013-01-06 07:10:04 AM
5 votes:
I think we just found the British Dennis Miller.
2013-01-06 01:17:53 PM
4 votes:
I spend several weeks in London every year and I find that the best way to deal with Brits is just to act like their royalty. Basically an Englishman lacks any backbone or wit. They are very uncomfortable making choices and aren't particularly good at making their own decisions. The Englishman is happiest when he is under the control of his betters, this is why we as Americans must continue to lead Brittian in world politics.
2013-01-06 11:55:21 AM
4 votes:
From the article: "Only America and the Americans have this ability to derange us with their capacity to reflect our own image. Not that they do this intentionally, really."

Dead wrong.

Suck it, monarchy boy. We've been trolling the entire farking world for over 200 years. And, God willing, we'll be doing it for centuries to come.
2013-01-06 08:11:45 AM
4 votes:
Let me know if somebody translates that into English.
2013-01-06 07:46:36 AM
4 votes:

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I was in London in 2012 and the people there couldn't have been nicer -- especially when I let them know that we saved their asses back in the big one so how about that ice cold Budweiser NOW!


I'm sure they were more than happy to pee in a cup for you...
/jk
2013-01-06 01:57:12 PM
3 votes:
s3.amazonaws.com
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2013-01-06 01:26:46 PM
3 votes:
Came for pics of hot British chicks.

oh. Right.
2013-01-06 10:29:20 AM
3 votes:
Summary of the article: " America, I wish I could quit you!"
2013-01-06 09:32:16 AM
3 votes:

Mentalpatient87: david_gaithersburg: Once I learned of The Royal Bun Toss I lost what little respect I still had left for my British cousins, it also provided me with a vivid modern day reminder of why we took up arms to fight for human dignity and freedom. Link

Link

I raise you this.


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Huh? I'm very proud of our right to bear arms, even air powered pumpkin cannons. If your royal ruling family wants to get into a food fight, come at us bro!
2013-01-06 09:26:21 AM
3 votes:

Bungles: miss diminutive: Are they still sore over losing their empire and being reduced to pawns in the geopolitical game?

Give it a few decades, my young American padawan, and you'll understand.


I'm Canadian....the Monopoly boot of the geopolitical chess-board. We always understand.
2013-01-06 08:50:16 AM
3 votes:

miss diminutive: Are they still sore over losing their empire and being reduced to pawns in the geopolitical game?



Give it a few decades, my young American padawan, and you'll understand.
2013-01-06 08:49:01 AM
3 votes:
i911.photobucket.com
2013-01-06 08:15:35 AM
3 votes:

reillan: You know what the Americans think of the British?

"Keep pouring out your Potter and Who, we love that shiat."

/Of course, they also produced Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, so they're not all bad.


I started reading it in Snape's voice but about a third of the way through it transformed into a Professor Binns' lecture.
2013-01-06 10:24:40 AM
2 votes:
FOPPISH WANKERY !=PITHY OBSERVATIONAL HUMOR


/For the article's author
//and pretty much any Englishmen I've ever heard do the "British people are like this, but Americans are like THIS" routine
2013-01-06 09:25:43 AM
2 votes:
Remember this comes from the BBC which these days is nothing more than socialist propaganda. And only socialists here hate America. The rest of us love you.

/Not in a gay way
2013-01-06 09:22:49 AM
2 votes:

Land Ark: Mr. Self, would you please GET TO THE BLOODY POINT.


m2.mattters.com

"GET ON WITH IT!"
2013-01-06 08:47:16 AM
2 votes:
YAAAAWN, stretch...oh is the article over?

No way is tmesis a word. That's gotta be a typo.
2013-01-06 08:40:43 AM
2 votes:
Well, that was a really fancy article about nothing. Sounded like the writer just discovered he can find synonyms by right clicking on the word document.
2013-01-06 08:34:24 AM
2 votes:

ScudEast: Basically, yes. Here it is a common belief that if you get run over by a car in the USA the ambulance paramedics check your wallet for a health insurance card and if you don't have one they move you out of the middle of the road and leave you there to die.


Damn. I knew they forgot to teach me something in Paramedic school!
2013-01-06 08:33:51 AM
2 votes:

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I was in London in 2012 and the people there couldn't have been nicer -- especially when I let them know that we saved their asses back in the big one so how about that ice cold Budweiser NOW!


But they're going to save our asses in World War 3.

/too obscure?
2013-01-06 08:29:59 AM
2 votes:
Elasticated jeans. That's all you need to know.
2013-01-06 07:28:31 AM
2 votes:
just tried to read it, and frankly couldn't be bothered
2013-01-06 10:38:32 PM
1 votes:
i14.photobucket.com

I say ... jolly good SMASHING yarn, old bean - DO tell it again, pip-pip cheerio! What what?
2013-01-06 05:49:47 PM
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: simplicimus: Spiralmonkey: brantgoose: FTA:  "The dilatory nature of the UK's relationship with the European Union often seems like the behaviour of someone stood up on a date, who cannot summon the willpower to walk away from the failed rendezvous and into the arms of the girl next door."

Veronica or Betty? Betty or Veronica? Archie is such a confused lad, but get real. We all know that he's going to end up gay-marrying Jughead, his first true love. Veronica will marry Reggie and Betty will marry Moose when Milton and Midge run off together, and she'll raise a super-race of little blond Mooses and Mooselettes.

Who the Hell is Jughead to the UK's Archie? Australia? Canada? Norway? Scotland? The Republic of Eire?

You know that Scotland is part of the UK, yes?

I thought Scotland was trying to leave.

No. They said they are trying to blaive. Which is to bluff.


Hard to tell with their accents.
2013-01-06 05:47:49 PM
1 votes:

simplicimus: Spiralmonkey: brantgoose: FTA:  "The dilatory nature of the UK's relationship with the European Union often seems like the behaviour of someone stood up on a date, who cannot summon the willpower to walk away from the failed rendezvous and into the arms of the girl next door."

Veronica or Betty? Betty or Veronica? Archie is such a confused lad, but get real. We all know that he's going to end up gay-marrying Jughead, his first true love. Veronica will marry Reggie and Betty will marry Moose when Milton and Midge run off together, and she'll raise a super-race of little blond Mooses and Mooselettes.

Who the Hell is Jughead to the UK's Archie? Australia? Canada? Norway? Scotland? The Republic of Eire?

You know that Scotland is part of the UK, yes?

I thought Scotland was trying to leave.


No. They said they are trying to blaive. Which is to bluff.
2013-01-06 04:06:14 PM
1 votes:

glennizen: The "Idiocracy" is strong in this thread. It's sad, really. I smh at my compatriots who are put off at the thought of learning a new word or two. Or, the horror; "tl;dr". God forbid that farkers should have the attention span of a gnat. They might learn something useful. Then they would be really dangerous.


Well, we smh at you.
2013-01-06 03:33:43 PM
1 votes:

pippi longstocking: Yanks are all disgustingly stupid, uneducated, savage, ignorant retards that suffer from severe cognitive dissonance!


Never been to a soccer (football) match, I gather.
2013-01-06 02:31:42 PM
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: I imagine we Americans probably aren't as wry and witty as those Brits because we've burned out our brain cells shooting novocaine into our gums and stuffing aluminum salts under our arm pits.


Aluminium salts.
2013-01-06 01:43:13 PM
1 votes:

gameshowhost: Is this the thread where we complain?


You mean there are threads where we don't?
2013-01-06 12:12:01 PM
1 votes:

whatshisname: lilistonic: itsfullofstars: Brits suffer from the same problem everyone in Europe suffers from in their view of the US. They compare the UK to the US and Germany to the US and France to the US and Luxembourg to the US. It just doesn't scale. Europeans should be comparing Europe to the US.

Europe's landmass is about the size of the southern US states. Europe's population is more than double that of the US. The UK is the size of Oregon and has about the population of California, Texas and New York combined. Germany should compare itself to Montana landwise but can add Pennsylvania and Ohio to the UK's list of US states population wise.

Point is, Europeans insist on comparing their country to this other country that is so dominate culturally, politically and economically, and its just silly.

These arguments are frequently made during discussions of buildout of public transportation, broadband, public health services. They further demonstrate many Europeans lack of understanding of geography outside their own continent. It's not an anti-American thing. They make the same arguments to Australians, failing to understand how big that place is.

Precisely.

Dear European Countries:


Believing you can apply any one solution that works for a small crowded country of people from mostly the same genetic background to a place as large and diverse as this one is patently absurd. (Was it here I read about studies which show why certain medical treatments can easily be applied to a whole nation of Swedes, but when they're brought here, it all becomes frightfully complex?)


And both countries: really big and really far away from you. Your stereotypes of us should be left on stage with the comedians.

You do realize that you and itsfullofstars are countering stereotypes with stereotypes?

I was born in Europe, live in Canada and have traveled extensively in the US. My experience has always been that Americans are far more insular and uninformed abut the rest of the world than Eu ...


And yet, you miss the point.. For someone in the U.K. to know the political goings on of, say, Romania
is no big deal simply because of geography. People in Nebraska probably know some of what is going
on in North Dakota or Oklahoma..And yet those distances would be no different than that of London
to Bucharest. Just because our states are not differentiated countries with different languages doesn't
mean a person in "insular". How much do you think the average London dweller would know of the
day to day comings and goings in Guinea Bissau? Probably about as much as anyone in the U.S.
or Canada would! It's a false analogy to equate knowledge of happenings in X number of countries to "insulation".
2013-01-06 11:57:59 AM
1 votes:
They hate us for our freedoms.
2013-01-06 11:15:08 AM
1 votes:
Brits suffer from the same problem everyone in Europe suffers from in their view of the US. They compare the UK to the US and Germany to the US and France to the US and Luxembourg to the US. It just doesn't scale. Europeans should be comparing Europe to the US.

Europe's landmass is about the size of the southern US states. Europe's population is more than double that of the US. The UK is the size of Oregon and has about the population of California, Texas and New York combined. Germany should compare itself to Montana landwise but can add Pennsylvania and Ohio to the UK's list of US states population wise.

Point is, Europeans insist on comparing their country to this other country that is so dominate culturally, politically and economically, and its just silly.

These arguments are frequently made during discussions of buildout of public transportation, broadband, public health services. They further demonstrate many Europeans lack of understanding of geography outside their own continent. It's not an anti-American thing. They make the same arguments to Australians, failing to understand how big that place is.
2013-01-06 10:40:17 AM
1 votes:
www.tech4d.com: too many words
2013-01-06 10:21:18 AM
1 votes:

chuckufarlie: cloud_van_dame: Louisiana_Sitar_Club: I love the British for their role in WWII. They got hammered hard and repeatedly. They were dealt more punishment than we've ever felt in the U.S. and they refused to roll over. They fought like farking heroes from beginning to end.

They did, but it's nothing compared to what the Russians went through.

why does somebody always feel the need to bring up the Russians in any comment about WWII. We are all aware of the great contribution that the Russians made. What is your point?


Noble Savages argument I presume
2013-01-06 09:59:53 AM
1 votes:

markfara: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I was in London in 2012 and the people there couldn't have been nicer . . . .

That's interesting. My own experience has been that Londoners are right up there with Philadelphia residents when it comes to rilludeness.


I grew up in the Philadelphia region. Now I have the displeasure of living in the Atlanta area. I too was in London in 2012. I absolutely loved London and its people - because they reminded me of Philly/New York/Boston. I felt very at home there and did not want to go back to Atlanta. Philadelphians are not rude, just brutally honest. In my travels, I've come to find that people don't want the honest truth, just some sugar coated, PC, BS version. This is especially true in the South. In Philly, I am just telling you like it is. In Atlanta, I am intimidating people.

/Bless your heart
2013-01-06 09:47:37 AM
1 votes:

Mael99: letrole: just tried to read it, and frankly couldn't be bothered

Couldn't read it with that freaky picture of the author staring at me from the middle of the page.


He has that "please don't punch me" look to him, doesn't he?
2013-01-06 09:35:27 AM
1 votes:
I haven't had my coffee yet but this dumb American was put off by the fancy language of the article.

British English almost seems pretenious sometimes. I mean seriously who says "a bewildering and Brobdingnagian phenomenon" and doesn't expect a punch in the face?

And what the eff is "aluminum" anyways?
2013-01-06 09:29:03 AM
1 votes:
My vocabulary, let me show you it with no point whatsoever.
2013-01-06 09:05:36 AM
1 votes:

Mid_mo_mad_man: Growing up my neighbors hosted exchange students. One thing that none of them realized was the sheer size of the USA. They assumed you could drive anywhere in a day or so


Mutual understanding: Hey, Americans, 100 years is not old; hey, Europeans, 100 miles is not far.
2013-01-06 08:51:23 AM
1 votes:
"And it follows that what we also do to ourselves is to relentlessly equate America with Americans, and the US government with its electorate - conflations we wouldn't dream of making in the case of the German or Greek peoples."

I am glad to hear someone finally say this. It persists even after the W years. About half of the people from foreign countries that I meet assume I'm a racist, Christian cowboy. It is even more annoying now that Obama has won in a landslide TWICE.

I also in some ways feel like I have a relationship with my country that is similar to one with a sibling. I give America lots of crap for loving ignorance and bigotry and rampant consumerism, but I live here, I know the score. It infuriates me when people who have never set foot here presume to tell me about all of my flaws by association.

I actually really like Tim Minchin, but it's stuff like this that really annoys me. I've got the ridicule of these people under control Tim, you deal with your own.
2013-01-06 08:49:11 AM
1 votes:

LDM90: YAAAAWN, stretch...oh is the article over?

No way is tmesis a word. That's gotta be a typo.


It's not only a word, it's a pretty common one in the UK (because Stephen Fry loves it, and has banged on about it for years).

Abso-bloody-lutely.
2013-01-06 08:49:02 AM
1 votes:
Are they still sore over losing their empire and being reduced to pawns in the geopolitical game?
2013-01-06 08:41:21 AM
1 votes:

oukewldave: Well, that was a really fancy article about nothing. Sounded like the writer just discovered he can find synonyms by right clicking on the word document.


You can do that?!?!?!?!
2013-01-06 08:37:34 AM
1 votes:

letrole: just tried to read it, and frankly couldn't be bothered


I saw this article on the Beeb a few hours ago and was going to submit it, until I started reading it and also lost interest after two or three paragraphs.
2013-01-06 08:31:34 AM
1 votes:
Got a few paragraphs in before I realized that I don't much care what the English think about anything.
2013-01-06 08:31:19 AM
1 votes:
"Bronies" - WTF, America? The richest, most powerful and most technologically advanced nation in the world and you have grown men proclaiming their affection for little girls' toys. How many seats over there do you need?
2013-01-06 08:28:24 AM
1 votes:

BronyMedic: Do the British tell lies about the American Healthcare system like their for-profit cousins across the pond do about them?


Basically, yes. Here it is a common belief that if you get run over by a car in the USA the ambulance paramedics check your wallet for a health insurance card and if you don't have one they move you out of the middle of the road and leave you there to die.
2013-01-06 08:16:22 AM
1 votes:

Triumph: /Does the House of Lords still make the House of Commons come in and grovel before the Queen every year?


At the opening of Parliament the representative of the Queen has the door slammand in his face and has to knock before the Commons allow him in.
2013-01-06 08:15:36 AM
1 votes:
I imagine that the thought process, prior to writing that 'article', went something like 'I need to write something where I can show off my amazing new dictionary, and use words like conniptions and tmesis'
2013-01-06 08:13:46 AM
1 votes:
What a horribly written article. Seems like he was actively trying to be as heavy handed as humanly possible for what should've been a fluff piece. I'd have happily read this as a light hearted piece. Ths just shows up the British as stuffy, anally retentive morons who see no fun in anything.

/British
//Bring on the overplayed dental jokes
2013-01-06 08:10:04 AM
1 votes:
I do love a nice cup of Earl Grey, and love Fish and Chips. I do thank the British for these two delightful things in my life. Oh, and I almost forgot, "Top Gear".
2013-01-06 08:09:05 AM
1 votes:

BronyMedic: Do the British tell lies about the American Healthcare system like their for-profit cousins across the pond do about them?


It took someone from England to explained to me what Obama Care was all about. "They are regulating your medical insurance industry." Great. We couldn't our own media explain it so clearly.
2013-01-06 08:06:26 AM
1 votes:
Will Self is a pretentious arsehole.
2013-01-06 07:56:23 AM
1 votes:
www.global-air.com

It took the genius of America to recognize that with a little extra hammering and spannering the motor car could be converted into the motor home. But, the Brits think we're a bit odd for doing it. (new window)
2013-01-06 07:46:25 AM
1 votes:

simplicimus: letrole: just tried to read it, and frankly couldn't be bothered

Good choice. Article goes nowhere.


"We British are foppish and self-conscious to the point of neurosis because of our intrinsic character not Empire Envy," in what felt like 10,000 words describing the masturbaition habbits of an old man.
2013-01-06 07:34:49 AM
1 votes:

letrole: just tried to read it, and frankly couldn't be bothered


Good choice. Article goes nowhere.
2013-01-06 07:34:10 AM
1 votes:
Do the British tell lies about the American Healthcare system like their for-profit cousins across the pond do about them?
2013-01-06 07:33:21 AM
1 votes:

letrole: just tried to read it, and frankly couldn't be bothered


Couldn't read it with that freaky picture of the author staring at me from the middle of the page.
2013-01-06 03:28:57 AM
1 votes:
Written for a British audience.
 
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