15 Dead Giveaways That You Are American [Pic]

Submitted by: iansquall 1 year ago

I enjoy that Europeans find friendliness suspicious.
There are 43 comments:
Male 14,330
[quote]Quaint. American tourists in the UK like to call things quaint. It sets the average local`s teeth on edge ;)[/quote]

You`re in the UK your teeth were already on edge before they got there...... hehehehe oh geez you guys make this too easy.
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Female 2,691
Sound like a right bunch of friendly folk to me. Get over yourself, you twit.
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Male 1,803
Quaint. American tourists in the UK like to call things quaint. It sets the average local`s teeth on edge ;)
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Male 14,330
[quote]Sign you`re American... can`t take ANY criticism or observation without freaking right out into a violent/aggressive rage?[/quote]
Signs you`re Canadian...no one gives a damn what you think. You seem to agree this is crap though thanks for supporting my case!

[quote]Oooh somebody got their knickers in a twist didn`t they, McGovern?[/quote]

I raised all valid points and s**t all over Eurotwatism on a daily basis and that`s all you`ve got?
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Male 4,594
Well, I, for one, don`t own any North Face clothes and never plan to. That sh*it just doesn`t do it for me.

I wore non-name brand clothes when I visited Ireland, Scotland, and England... though I`m pretty sure everyone could pick me out as an American because I thought everything I saw and everyone I met was GREAT!
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Male 430
I liked this post. First time I`ve not been offended by something like this. Normally people are asses when it comes to the `let`s talk about Americans` post. I actually found a lot of these things to be true and took them as complements
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Male 2,619
Just because you`re loud doesn`t make you right.
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Female 89
Oooh somebody got their knickers in a twist didn`t they, McGovern?
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Male 153
Well that nails me nine out of fifteen....
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Female 2,415
Sign you`re American... can`t take ANY criticism or observation without freaking right out into a violent/aggressive rage?
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Male 4,746
@McGovern1981,
Yikes! Did they hit a sore spot (or a bunch of them)? I thought this was a very complimentary set of observations and did a pretty accurate job of capturing what I have seen in American tourists.
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Male 14,330
[quote]Invading sovereign countries[/quote]

Says the toolbox who goes on about how british he is yep had no part in it never did on their own either..... Tell me how far does your head go up your fanny...packer.
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Male 14,330
10. We know you allow boobies get over it. We have plenty of nudey mags.

11. Leave a tip you cheap f**ks.

12. Well if you don`t have the distance memorized how the hell would you measure it?

13. I`ve never used those. I guess the person has never seen the Show Absolutely Fabulous....guess they`re American now.

14. WTF are those?

15. LOL!! Ya you`re all so quiet.....

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Male 14,330
1. Friendly? It`s not that we`re friendly your just snobby a55holes.

2.YOu`re more reserved? LOL! Ya right why is it you always have to point out how much better you think you are then and everything that wrong with the US...ya real reserved.

3. Oh god more metric crap. You use imperial for thing to keep living the lie.

4. I have one pair of sneakers many pairs of boots. Appearently I wear sneakers in the snow....

5. At what a job interview?

6. Wow you sound even more anal retentive now! I wasn`t aware that was possible!

7. Fanny packs? Mabey in 1990 I never see those.... Well mabey in older flaming gay men on occasion. Don`t your men use carryalls AKA purses? P.S. Yes freddy fanny is also a term for ass here.

8. We don`t have sarcasm somehow...That some great logic there.

9. Huh? You watch too many political conventions. Ya that`s about 75% clapping and we all screm at the TV STOP F**KING CLAPPING AND TALK ALREADY
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Male 14,774
Invading sovereign countries
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Female 7,833
That could be a point- where I live it is rural- so I routinely walk or cycle up to four or five miles..whereas my daughter in town will give times. I can technically walk across London- it not that huge and I have done it late at night in areas where I know the way, but mostly you expect to use the tube or the bus so time matters more than distance.
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Male 1,293
To those mentioning the traffic, that is the whole reason for talking about time.

The other day I was talking to a client about coming to a meeting with me, from a location I once worked at frequently. I could tell him that it was 50 minutes away, because I knew he was coming on a Sunday. Had he been going the other way to arrive before 0900 I would have told him it is an hour and a half away most days, a little more on a bad day on the M25. Had he been coming this way at 1700 I would have said an hour or so.

Of course I could say 41 miles, or even 65 km or 36 nm, but they are all equally useless unless he knows what sort of speeds he is likely to achieve. If I don`t know the time of the journey I will just say "at least 50 minutes, twice that on a bad morning commute".
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Male 1,293
Carmium

To be honest I almost always talk about journey length in time too, but I suppose most other Brits don`t. Perhaps it is because of the job I had flying all over the country in small aircraft, where I would know the time to get anywhere but not often the distance (in the air we talk about fuel flow per hour, and the two important things about flying are when do we get there and how much fuel do I need to get there safely?
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Male 1,253
Cue the Dennis Leary song.
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Male 1,240
Well, ok. I should`ve said that it does depend on the circumstances and where you are. But we (and here I mean Swedes and not Europeans as a whole, as I have no idea what the other countries use) are more likely to use distance than Americans.

When talking about public transport, you use time. Because the routes are not clear and public transport is all about time.

When talking about cars or unsure of the mode of transport, you often use distance, precisely because of the phenomena that Ollie brought up. Depending on the route, time will also be used or maybe just time.

Talking about how far the next town/city is? Yeah, distance. Though some will add "It usually takes 6 hours to drive there. It only took me 3". But saying that a town is 3 hours away? Tells me nothing. 1½ of that can be stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

This is from the perspective of a city dweller, though. If you live in smaller towns or suburbs or whatever, i
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Male 2,586
Oh God, North Face... I just came back from working there for a year and that stuff is like a bloody Chanel!Everyone loves to show that one off and say how much it cost or how warm it is etc...
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Female 6,381
Amen to posts below re: distance vs time.
I would add that most people would have a very hard time envisioning something as long as a mile or a kilometre, let alone 50 of them, but everyone has a good sense of how long an hour is. It`s a far more practical way to describe distance. Do people in Europe never say "It`s a two-hour bus ride" or "It`s four hours to Essen from here"? I find that incredible.
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Female 7,833
hmm- I call everyone Darling, Sweetie or Duckie. i sound far more like Jennifer Sunders as Edina than I do a Yank.
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Male 1,745
What about American opinion on political or worldly matters tend to be repeating what they heard on TV (I try to avoid that).
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Male 1,059
Gotta love that imperial system!
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Male 15,832
[quote]Our roadways, depending on where they are, can vary so widely in traffic volume that distance and driving time are often unrelated.[/quote]
Right.
One hour in west Texas = 80 mi.
One hour in west LA = 8 miles.
One hour on New York`s West Side = 0.8 mi.
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Male 1,444
I`ve always heard them called fanny packs, not sure what else to call them but they are good to laugh at.
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Male 625
I`m a little surprised that the consensus seems to be "too friendly". Huh.
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Male 5,564
@fabarati,
Our roadways, depending on where they are, can vary so widely in traffic volume that distance and driving time are often unrelated. That`s not even accounting for the traffic effects of our rush hours, especially near cities. I ask about driving time or distance depending on which I want to know but, yes, there are those who ask "how far", meaning the same. Often, we answer both questions: "It`s about 20 miles, but it`ll take you at least 45 minutes if you leave after 6:30", for instance. We`re always talking about driving unless we specify or it`s already given that we`re not, like 2 kids riding bikes, or 2 people discussing hiking. We tip because food service people were and still now are often paid less due to the expectation of additional income from tips, and they`re taxed on the expectation of receiving tips. That makes it difficult to change that habit. The amount is a form of "thank you" for the quality of the service, of course.
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Male 2,367
@fabarati...In the US for the most part it`s expected you`re driving your own car.
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Male 450
@Cynical: The comments on a chat board are not the same as being face to face. Once that layer of anonymity is removed, people behave better, or get punched.

I know, I tell these guys that all the time. I was just being cynical. :)
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Male 13,624
Fanny pack always makes me laugh
Fanny here is the front bottom, as in the productive hole
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Male 395
While I wouldn`t argue about the list itself, not many non-Americans would use the term fanny pack.

Told by a non-American, compiled by an American, maybe?
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Male 1,240
@Jake: How the hell would I know how long it`s gonna take you to get there? Or even how? You might walk, ride a bike, driver a car, take a bus or a taxi. The distance won`t change though.
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Male 1,240
Tip for my fellow Europeans: The first time you`re buying drinks from a bartender, tip well. You`ll have no issues with service the rest of the night. If you`re still unsure, tell the bartender that you`re tipping him/her a lot and say that you expect good service all night. Works like a charm.
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Male 37,888

Is "great" really just a big adjective? It`s only one letter longer than "fine" or "nice".
"OUTF##KINGSTANDING!" Now that`s a big adjective.
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Female 688
What is wrong with being friendly when entering a room full of strangers? It is much better than standing in a corner looking at people and waiting for them to introduce themselves to you.
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Male 7,031

#12 is good. Don`t tell me how many miles away a place is. Tell me how LONG it takes to drive there, dammit!
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Male 820
@Cynical: The comments on a chat board are not the same as being face to face. Once that layer of anonymity is removed, people behave better, or get punched.
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Male 7,775
What a great post.
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Male 450
This is just retarded. Talk about a bunch of stereotypical assumptions. Sure some of them have a grain of truth but are we Americans really this friendly? Just read the comments around here (especially on a political topic). I don`t think so! We are asshats!
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Male 13,624
Pretty much, When my ex from California came over for Christmas, she always shouted across the street if some one sneezed, and said in a loud voice (Bless you) the looks I got was hilarious.
Most Americans I have met are great,sound loud -Look loud -
but in a Uncle Buck kinda way ;-)
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Female 601
Link: 15 Dead Giveaways That You Are American [Pic] [Rate Link] - I enjoy that Europeans find friendliness suspicious.
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