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Old 12 May 2014, 06:18 PM
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United States 93 Weird Things About The U.S. That Americans Donít Realize Are Weird

I compiled this list from a variety of different sources. I was happy to see that there does seem to be more good things about us than bad. Primarily, according to people from other countries, we are hella friendly here. Thatís awesome. But we probably need to chill on the flag and patriotism thing. It seemed bizarre and ďcreepyĒ to people from almost every country.

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Old 12 May 2014, 06:25 PM
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Pretentious pronunciation. Examples cited included saying “erb” instead of “herb” and “fillet” instead of “fille” without the “t” sound.
Those are the standard pronunciations of those words in US English. There's nothing pretentious about a US speaker using them.

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Not eating the national animal. The example cited was by an Australian, who said “kangaroos are bloody delicious.”
We're weird because we don't eat eagles? Is there a country where it's common to eat eagles?
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Old 12 May 2014, 06:27 PM
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"Ha-ha, foreigners are funny!"
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Old 12 May 2014, 06:32 PM
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Haven't made it through the list entirely yet, but a few comments to start.
!0. "Oh, really?" is all in the inflection. Similar with "Oh, yeah" - a flat tone makes it a challenge, but a rising tone says that you are excited, whether truly happy or at least interested. I really cannot believe that this is particularly N.American.
12. Pickles given with everything? - somebody is judging from a very, very small sample size.
28. "The retail experience isn’t as fun as it is in India. They have personal shoppers because labor is cheap." - if it's so freakin' much fun, why would you hire someone else to do it!?
ETA: "40. Our rest areas." Er, what about them? That we have them?
42. "Fruit and vegetable prices are higher than those of junk food." I don't believe this one was really compiled from some general commenter from overseas. It sounds more like some food-nag's complaint. Fresh fruits and vegetables on the one hand are necessarily perishable and require some care in handling, so, yeah, they have some expense. Even so, a 3 pound bag of apples is usually comparable in price to a 3/4 pound bag of potato chips. In a convenience store, a banana will generally be about 50 cents, about the same as the very cheapest snack cake.
44. "An almost classless society." - Hey, that's just mean. So we're not always all that classy - at least we are generally friendly!

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Old 12 May 2014, 06:41 PM
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Putting last names first.
I don't get this. Are they talking about filling out government forms or something?

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Pretentious pronunciation. Examples cited included saying “erb” instead of “herb” and “fillet” instead of “fille” without the “t” sound.
I have never heard anyone, from any English-speaking country, pronounce the T in fillet.

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Guys asking girls out in “random places like shops, on the street” seems creepy to people from Ireland.
It's creepy to me as well, and could be sexual harassment depending on context.

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Driving two hours for lunch.
Who does this?

I agree with the patriotism and flag-waving and Pledge stuff. However, I could compile a similarly lengthy list of everything I've found "weird" in every country I've been to.
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Old 12 May 2014, 06:52 PM
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44. An almost classless society.
Roffle Mao!!!
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Old 12 May 2014, 06:59 PM
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I have never heard anyone, from any English-speaking country, pronounce the T in fillet.
The pronunciation of Fillet ends in T as in fish fillet while Filet ends in a I've always assumed, probably wrongly, that it's because Fillet is English while Filet is French.
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Old 12 May 2014, 07:04 PM
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I don't get this. Are they talking about filling out government forms or something?
I think that is sort of a play on words. We call surnames "last names" but of course we mean the family name. Many Asian cultures of course put family names first. I think there are other areas where that is common, but I forget.
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Old 12 May 2014, 07:11 PM
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We're weird because we don't eat eagles? Is there a country where it's common to eat eagles?
We don't eat eagles over here - in fact you can be imprisoned for killing an eagle. As for eating your nation's national animal, I'm pretty sure that people in England don't eat lions, people in Wales don't eat dragons and people in Scotland don't eat unicorns.
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Old 12 May 2014, 07:36 PM
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It is a WYVERN, sir. A WYVERN. Dragons have four legs, wyverns have two. FOUR LEGS BAD TWO LEGS GOOD
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Old 12 May 2014, 07:40 PM
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It is a WYVERN, sir. A WYVERN. Dragons have four legs, wyverns have two. FOUR LEGS BAD TWO LEGS GOOD
In either case, I don't think that you eat them. Or do you? How does one cook them?
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Old 12 May 2014, 07:41 PM
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We're weird because we don't eat eagles? Is there a country where it's common to eat eagles?
Well, they say Ben Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird. Then again, see the bit about how we're weird for thinking turkey is tasty....
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The Welsh dragon is a dragon, not a wyvern.



I definitely say the T in fillet as does every other Brit I know.
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Old 12 May 2014, 07:54 PM
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I definitely say the T in fillet as does every other Brit I know.
I get that, I just don't agree that the pronunciation difference is down to Americans being pretentious. We're not deciding to be all Frenchified and fancy, that's just how we learn the word.
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Old 12 May 2014, 07:58 PM
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... Filet ends in a
Filet ends in a smile?

The one about spelling things wrong confused me. We don't spell color with a u. Which one are they saying is wrong? With or without?

Besides, given the changes in spelling between many countries, I don't see how it's that weird to spell something 'wrong' (even when wrong is a matter of perception).

I liked the "relentless cheer."

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Old 12 May 2014, 08:02 PM
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Who are you going to believe, me or your own lying eyes?

(why did I think the Welsh flag had a wyvern on it? There has to be a reason here)
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Old 12 May 2014, 08:05 PM
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But you still don't eat it, do you?
Not me. I prefer tasty lion-burgers.
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Not me. I prefer tasty lion-burgers.
I stand corrected, though I'm still confident that you can't buy unicorn meat in Scotland (for some reason).
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Old 12 May 2014, 08:25 PM
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I stand corrected, though I'm still confident that you can't buy unicorn meat in Scotland.
Offer enough Euros, they'll sell you unicorn meat!
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Not much call for euros in Scotland.
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