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Americans reveal the British mannerisms that baffle them the most

While Britain and the US may have historically shared a 'special relationship', it doesn't mean they're always on the same page.  

Therefore, it's of little wonder a recent post on the Q&A website Quora asking 'What do British people say or do that confuses you?', quickly attracted a flood of replies.  

Those living across the pond admitted that British culture is filled with quirks that leave them utterly baffled, including the use of the word 'dinner' when talking about 'lunch'.

Sherry Ginevra, who moved from the US 10 years ago, wrote of her confusion at people greeting her by asking: 'You alright?'

'I would get a confused look on my face and say "yes", wondering what looked so wrong about me that everyone was always asking me if I was alright. I would sometimes go look in the mirror to see if there was something wrong with my face,' she said.

Other differences mentioned, included British football being called soccer in the US, and tourists were also warned to be vigilant when ordering food to avoid any dining surprises. 

Americans reveal the British phrases and mannerisms that baffle them the most 

  1. Calling lunch 'dinner'
  2. Branding the evening meal 'tea'
  3. Using 'you alright' and 'now then' as a greeting
  4. Calling soccer 'football'
  5. Saying chips are 'crisps' and fries are 'chips'
  6. Labeling cookies and candy as 'biscuits and sweets'
  7. Calling 'pants' trousers
  8. Swearing incessantly 
  9. Using the word pudding for any dessert
  10. Describing a catastrophe as 'a spot of trouble' 
  11. Referring to the Malvinas Islands as The Falklands 
  12. Using 'duckie' as a term of endearment
  13. 'Ungodly' foods such as black pudding
  14. Shouting at people like Gordon Ramsay 
  15. Adding an 'extra' letter u to words like colour  

One American member, Sherry Ginevra, who moved to the UK ten years ago admitted that the use of 'tea' to describe an evening meal left her constantly bewildered

Dee Rychwalska who moves from the US to Newcastle for three years in the 2000s, recounted how she'd asked a sales assistant for help finding some 'pants' because hers sere 'full of holes'. 

'She turned red and went to get the manager,' Dee recalled. 'My friends went outside and began to laugh hysterically at me in this situation. 

'I repeated my need for assistance to the manager in finding my size of pants, as mine were minging and full of holes. It seemed that the manager understood (by my Yank accent), what I really meant. 

'Knowing only after this that my ‘minging’ pants full of holes to them were underwear, and not trousers, or pants as they are called in the US, I sarcastically thanked my friends for their “help”. We still have a good laugh about it.'

American-user Murphy Barrett had a long list of British habits that left him confused, including understating situations and using the word pudding for any dessert

For those across the pond, British culture is filled with quirks that often leave them utterly baffled, including the use of the word 'dinner' when talking about 'lunch' (pictured)

Dee Rychwalska shared her embarrassing story about using the word pants in England, when she actually wanted trousers

 A German grandmother was offended when a butcher said she looked like a duck. She later discovered that it was actually a term of endearment 

Both American and British internet users noted that the near-constant use of swears by some people in the UK baffled those from the States

Don Bruck took issue with the idea that Brits are understated, citing their love of the Spice Girls and gushing sports commentary 

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