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(BBC America)   Ten American habits that the British just don't understand. Of course, #1 on the list is such low-hanging fruit that it's not even worth mentioning in the headline   (bbcamerica.com) divider line 321
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2013-04-10 04:32:02 PM
More like `ten habits a Yank with his head up his ass think is stereo-typically not Britishy'.
 
2013-04-10 04:34:46 PM
Americans like to let the world know that they're having fun - or approve heartily of what's being said or done in front of them - by contorting their vocal chords into a shape that will allow them to pump out obnoxious mouth hoots, one after another. One word: earplugs.

If you take the time to look at it, it's secretly training people's mouths and vocal chords for blowjobs.
 
2013-04-10 04:42:40 PM
7. Drinking milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea.


Barf.
 
2013-04-10 04:43:11 PM
Moo juice is the jazz.
 
2013-04-10 04:45:46 PM

bunner: Moo juice is the jazz.


Lord knows it's been making my bum-hole sound like a Louis Armstrong horn solo as of late.
 
2013-04-10 04:46:11 PM
What do they have against milk? Communists.
 
2013-04-10 04:47:41 PM

violentsalvation: 7. Drinking milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea.

Barf.


Also, I thought the "proper English way" was to put the milk in the cup, then pour the tea into it.

oldfarthenry: bunner: Moo juice is the jazz.

Lord knows it's been making my bum-hole sound like a Louis Armstrong horn solo as of late.


If I used farky, you would now be "Satchmo."
 
2013-04-10 04:49:49 PM
"using all the body parts God gave us when playing football"
 
2013-04-10 05:25:49 PM
Don't worry, British persons.  Nobody here flosses either, except just before and just after dental appointments.
 
2013-04-10 05:26:21 PM
Milk and flossing and they wonder why we have such nice teeth.
 
2013-04-10 05:41:44 PM

ginandbacon: Milk and flossing and they wonder why we have such nice teeth.


That, and spending more on cosmetic dentistry than the rest of the world combined..
 
2013-04-10 06:17:59 PM
1. Flossing
Digging sharp string between your teeth everyday is standard oral hygiene procedure in America. We know we're supposed to do this too, but it hurts and it's boring. Most Brits probably own a tub of floss, but only dust it off before a date or dental appointment.


Way to perpetuate that stereotype about British teeth...
 
2013-04-10 06:23:08 PM
He forgot eating chips (fries) by hand.  I usually look out for local customs like that but one evening I was tired and jet lagged and drew some amused looks from a couple's two children.
 
2013-04-10 07:20:16 PM

UberDave: He forgot eating chips (fries) by hand.  I usually look out for local customs like that but one evening I was tired and jet lagged and drew some amused looks from a couple's two children.


No, we do that, although it does depend on the setting. In a nice restaurant with nice people then no, we use forks, sometimes, but hands are often used.

Osomatic: Don't worry, British persons.  Nobody here flosses either, except just before and just after dental appointments.


Yeah, everyone I know has floss somewhere, I reckon it's the same here. We go to the dentist and he/she says "floss more", and we say "ok!", then buy some, try using it, the floss gets stuck, we decide its not worth it, spend the rest of the day with floss hanging out of the mouth, then never floss again.

Did I say we? I meant me. But I bet i'm not alone.

And yes, milk on its own tastes like crap. Milk with almost anything else tastes great. Tea, chocolate, coffee, and when its turned into other things, like yogurt and ice cream. I am, however, alone among my friends with that belief. I know plenty who love plain milk, and that displeases me.
 
2013-04-10 07:43:00 PM

Slaxl: UberDave: He forgot eating chips (fries) by hand.  I usually look out for local customs like that but one evening I was tired and jet lagged and drew some amused looks from a couple's two children.

No, we do that, although it does depend on the setting. In a nice restaurant with nice people then no, we use forks, sometimes, but hands are often used.


I have never seen anyone eat fries with a fork, no matter how nice the restaurant. With the exception of if the fries are covered in something, such as chili or cheese or both. But that doesn't usually happen at nice restaurants, heh.

I had no idea UK people ate them with a fork - I've been there a few times, but I guess I just never saw it. I learned something today!
 
2013-04-10 07:52:44 PM
So, we eat a lot and are outgoing. Yep, that's America.
 
2013-04-10 07:54:14 PM

violentsalvation: 7. Drinking milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea.

Barf.


Beat me to it, I was going to post this EXACTLY as you did... it's like you read my mind. Spooky.
 
2013-04-10 08:10:40 PM

violentsalvation: 7. Drinking milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea.

Barf.


My grandmother did it, and God rest her soul, she's still the only person I've ever seen do it.
 
2013-04-10 08:26:50 PM

Uchiha_Cycliste: violentsalvation: 7. Drinking milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea.

Barf.

Beat me to it, I was going to post this EXACTLY as you did... it's like you read my mind. Spooky.


WTF is wrong with milk in hot tea?  Pretty yummy.

But then, I grew up (in part) in England...
 
2013-04-10 08:35:37 PM
I love milk in hit tea

But

Wtf is up with an English breakfast?!?! Tomatoes? Mushrooms? 4 kinds of meat?
 
2013-04-10 08:37:58 PM
11. Poutine
 
2013-04-10 08:40:49 PM
I hate milk. It always tasted like ass. I think it very 'white' to drink milk for some reason. I am not white and seeing as most of the world does fine without milk drinkage if I ever have children they will abstain from it. I moved on to artificial 'milk' (almond or ohters).  I like cheese though so I must support milk production for yummy cheese. That said you will pour that, honey, sugar, or lemon in my tea when I am cold and gone. Ew.
 
2013-04-10 08:40:52 PM
This can't be a real list. How does one not do these things? Really, like #4. What, are you supposed to just sit quietly next to someone and not talk to them? I don't know how that would happen. Or #10. Are we supposed to go to our separate breakfast tables? Of course everybody has breakfast together, and we talk to each other while having breakfast, too. This has to be a joke.
 
2013-04-10 08:41:36 PM

gambitsgirl: I love milk in hit tea

But

Wtf is up with an English breakfast?!?! Tomatoes? Mushrooms? 4 kinds of meat?


And beans! Don't forget the beans! Or the blood pudding, although that technically can be filed under meat. (Maybe.)

/Sorry England, but France wins at breakfast.
//Hey, when hot chocolate in the morning is a normal thing...
 
2013-04-10 08:41:50 PM
American slang evolves every 5 years. British slang changes naught in 250 years.
 
2013-04-10 08:42:16 PM
5. Whooping

PROBLEM?

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2013-04-10 08:43:50 PM
Don't let the British television you see fool you.  Brits want you to think they are all like this:

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When the majority are like this:

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2013-04-10 08:43:52 PM
One is basic dental hygiene.  Two a cake for every day.  Three for lots and lots of love.  Four, hello, how are you sir?  Five is better than vevuzela.  Six fark you fark you fark yoooou.  Seven a very healthy food.  Eight your mom is supersized.  Nine it's just two meals in one.  Ten a lie.
 
2013-04-10 08:43:54 PM
As for the comments: who the hell would bother to order half a pint of beer? What's the point?
 
2013-04-10 08:44:16 PM

gambitsgirl: I love milk in hit tea

But

Wtf is up with an English breakfast?!?! Tomatoes? Mushrooms? 4 kinds of meat?


A brit introduced me to baked beans for breakfast. Awesome and it makes the rest of the day more fun.
 
2013-04-10 08:44:47 PM

Maggie_Luna: I hate milk. It always tasted like ass. I think it very 'white' to drink milk for some reason. I am not white and seeing as most of the world does fine without milk drinkage if I ever have children they will abstain from it. I moved on to artificial 'milk' (almond or ohters).  I like cheese though so I must support milk production for yummy cheese. That said you will pour that, honey, sugar, or lemon in my tea when I am cold and gone. Ew.


racist
 
2013-04-10 08:44:52 PM

Maggie_Luna: I hate milk. It always tasted like ass. I think it very 'white' to drink milk for some reason. I am not white and seeing as most of the world does fine without milk drinkage if I ever have children they will abstain from it. I moved on to artificial 'milk' (almond or ohters).  I like cheese though so I must support milk production for yummy cheese. That said you will pour that, honey, sugar, or lemon in my tea when I am cold and gone. Ew.


I hated it too until I tried whole milk. It's much better than the skim or 2% crap that people are always pushing.
 
2013-04-10 08:45:17 PM
themamareport.com

See this? ^ 
You can floss. All of you. It is now within your... reach.
 
2013-04-10 08:45:33 PM
Listen you wankers, just because you're still sore over Margaret Thatcher taking the milk away from all your children doesn't mean you should project your grudges onto us.
 
2013-04-10 08:45:44 PM

Canton: gambitsgirl: I love milk in hit tea

But

Wtf is up with an English breakfast?!?! Tomatoes? Mushrooms? 4 kinds of meat?

And beans! Don't forget the beans! Or the blood pudding, although that technically can be filed under meat. (Maybe.)

/Sorry England, but France wins at breakfast.
//Hey, when hot chocolate in the morning is a normal thing...


That's "black pudding" you farkwit and it's farking awesome (but not wacist).
 
2013-04-10 08:45:44 PM

gambitsgirl: I love milk in hit tea

But

Wtf is up with an English breakfast?!?! Tomatoes? Mushrooms? 4 kinds of meat?


And yet the author knocks Americans for portion size.
 
2013-04-10 08:45:46 PM
He left off the list "work" and "enjoy iced tea."

The only way I can get iced tea when I visit the UK is to order hot tea and a glass or two of ice.Drives me nuts that you cannot even find iced tea at the bigger hotels....  That being said, it does give me an excuse to splurge on Lucazade which can no longer be imported into the US....
 
2013-04-10 08:46:36 PM
I liked this, from the previous article about thing Brits do that Americans don't understand:

4. Enjoying the Misfortune of Others
Nothing brightens a Brit's day like discovering someone we didn't particularly like lost their job or misspelled a status update. I get a smugness buzz every time I clock an acquaintance's incorrect apostrophe usage. Americans, meanwhile, seem to spend less time thinking about other people, in a good way.



Not true Brits, not true. We LOVE that shiat, possibly even more than you.
 
2013-04-10 08:47:00 PM
I cannot take this seriously until the Brits stop driving on the wrong side of the road.

Then maybe an international group of us can sit down over a huge breakfast and drink moo-juice and discuss methods to raise the standards of dental health in the UK.
 
2013-04-10 08:47:02 PM

Superrad: So, we eat a lot and are outgoing. Yep, that's America.


Pretty much. We're basically Rodney Dangerfield.
 
2013-04-10 08:47:06 PM

violentsalvation: 7. Drinking milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea.

Barf.


As a Stupid Bloody Yank, the only time I'll drink tea with milk in it is in an Indian place.
 
2013-04-10 08:47:11 PM

violentsalvation: 7. Drinking milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea.

Barf.


If you drank the harsh stuff they drink over there, you'd find the mild is not a bad notion at all.
 
2013-04-10 08:47:30 PM
I don't get it... I don't do most of that crap either, and none of it enough to call it a habit. I think they're thinking of TV Americans. Or maybe I'm just weird.
 
2013-04-10 08:47:31 PM
#676695665: Mobility scooters.
Because walking is hard.
And a real wheelchair that you have to actually make it move yourself(or some dumbass sucker) is super duper hard.
 
2013-04-10 08:48:36 PM
#11: pressing a nice fruit basket up against your ex's window.

/or is that just me?
 
2013-04-10 08:48:46 PM
I have bad teeth. I'm now up to two implants. I floss like the devil, let me tell you. :(

I don't get why taking the leftovers home is a bad thing. Why is it good to waste food or stuff it down your pie hole? I love leftovers!
 
2013-04-10 08:49:46 PM

Osomatic: Slaxl: UberDave: He forgot eating chips (fries) by hand.  I usually look out for local customs like that but one evening I was tired and jet lagged and drew some amused looks from a couple's two children.

No, we do that, although it does depend on the setting. In a nice restaurant with nice people then no, we use forks, sometimes, but hands are often used.

I have never seen anyone eat fries with a fork, no matter how nice the restaurant. With the exception of if the fries are covered in something, such as chili or cheese or both. But that doesn't usually happen at nice restaurants, heh.

I had no idea UK people ate them with a fork - I've been there a few times, but I guess I just never saw it. I learned something today!


In a fast food place, or from a chip shop you would usually use your fingers for chips (although they have those spork things in case you can't afford to get your hands greasy for some reason). The more "serious" restaurants you would normally use a fork, although there is a certain amount of personal preference and flexibility of how upscale you would have to be going before switching (so at say a pub lunch level, it might be around 50/50).
 
2013-04-10 08:49:53 PM

Superrad: So, we eat a lot and are outgoing. Yep, that's America.


So at breakfast a couple weeks ago, my 9yo son whips off his shirt without saying a word and starts making armpit farts. I literally blew milk out my nose. I said I'd tried a hundred times as a kid, but never learned how to do that. So my son graciously gave us all lessons at the breakfast table. Within about 10 minutes, my 6yo daughter was ready for show and tell. I'm still getting lessons.
 
2013-04-10 08:50:45 PM

Jument: I have bad teeth. I'm now up to two implants. I floss like the devil, let me tell you. :(

I don't get why taking the leftovers home is a bad thing. Why is it good to waste food or stuff it down your pie hole? I love leftovers!


I think the point is to degrade the food then chuck it at a chav, for amusement.
 
2013-04-10 08:51:07 PM
nobody wants that crappy english breakfast anyway.
keep your tomato and give me some hash browns!
 
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