Category Archives: Cultural Differences

Eating Out: 10 Differences Between Britain and America

Always pouring: free refills are much more common on the left side of the Pond. (Photo:  	Florian Plag via Wikimedia Commons)

I’ll never forget the look of surprise and disgust on my American waiter’s face the first time I asked for mayonnaise and then proceeded to dip my fries in it.

6 American Food Habits Brits Will Never Understand

Marshmallows and veg? Oh no. Brits like their sweet and savory dishes separate. (Photo via Food Network)

Despite the fact that many American food trends are now global, there are still a few dishes that Brits here don’t do.

A British Hitchhiker’s Guide to Understanding America’s Driving Lingo

The 1908 Cadillac. (Photo: AP)

The rise of the automobile in America in the 1890s gave birth to an exciting new vocabulary of words and phrases. Like the machines that spawned them, much of this vehicle vernacular was then exported around the world, where it aged as ...

10 Classic ‘Christmas’ Songs That Will Remind Brits of Home

The late Kirsty MacColl and Shane Macgowan in The Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York' video.

Christmas is approaching like a fishtailing, overloaded juggernaut, but expats won’t get to experience the annual “tradition” that is the Christmas song and the race for the Xmas No. 1 single. The splintered U.

Christmas Traditions: Britain vs. America

Americans love their egg nog at Christmas time— there's even a recipe for a vegan, gluten-free version via Elana's Pantry. (Photo: Elana Amsterdam, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved)

As with many cultural differences between the U.K. and the United States, you’d be forgiven for believing that Christmas is the same on either side of the Pond.

10 Common British Expressions That Baffle Americans

This guy's really got the hump. (Photo: Denise Chan/ Creative Commons)

We may technically speak the same language, but use one of our multitude of bizarre idioms in conversation with a person born and raised in the U.S. and you’ll be met with a, “Huh?

10 Common American Expressions That Baffle Brits

The mangling of the English language. (Photo via Rebecca of Tomorrow)

You’ve likely heard these bewildering utterances leave the mouths of your American acquaintances, but that doesn’t make them any less perplexing. (Note: many Americans are equally baffled by some of the atrocities below.

American Toilets: An Information Dump for Brits

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These days, when a Brit in the U.S. says “loo” no one bats an eyelid although Americans might not be so au fait with bog, khazi or lavvy.

8 American Sports Idioms Brits Won’t Understand

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In America the sports idiom is a popular and effective way of getting your point figuratively across without having to literally say what you mean. These everyday euphemisms are useful language tools and are often deployed without ...

10 American Substitutes for British Grocery Staples

Brits are used to HP Sauce, but A1 can be a more than decent stand-in. (Better than slathering on ketchup.) (Photo via Mr. Breakfast)

So, you’re craving various foodstuffs from home but can’t track them down in the U.S. or bring yourself to pay five times what the product is worth in international shipping.