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1. biscuits & gravy
2. rodeo
3. smores or smore’s or smore(s)
4. “a super bowl”
5. stoops
6. speakeasy
7. “high school prom”
8. cheese in a can
9. dr pepper

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 4 February 2018 11:35 (two years ago) link

smore

wtf?

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 11:35 (two years ago) link

Steely Dan
The Beat Generation

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 12:32 (two years ago) link

10. "democracy"
11. mac 'n cheese
12. sherrifs

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 4 February 2018 14:20 (two years ago) link

It's s'mores and it's short for some more.

tokyo rosemary, Sunday, 4 February 2018 15:43 (two years ago) link

13. those varsity jackets with a big letter on the front
14. propeller beanie hats

soref, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:10 (two years ago) link

15. grits

WilliamC, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:16 (two years ago) link

16. Shriners

https://s.hswstatic.com/gif/shriners-little-cars-1200x800.jpg

soref, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:18 (two years ago) link

monster trucks

ciderpress, Sunday, 4 February 2018 17:49 (two years ago) link

bison
bass fishing tournaments
Yellowstone Park

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 4 February 2018 19:06 (two years ago) link

Looney Tunes cartoons

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 4 February 2018 19:23 (two years ago) link

22. tipping

Haribo Hancock (sic), Sunday, 4 February 2018 19:49 (two years ago) link

Mate,

https://i.imgur.com/kjgsMLQ.jpg

pplains, Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:27 (two years ago) link

I mean, don't forget 23. Indigenous Genocide, but, you know.

pplains, Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:28 (two years ago) link

if we're going down that route let's not forget 24. slavery

i gotta be a gazpacho man (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:36 (two years ago) link

and of course 25. egg creams

i gotta be a gazpacho man (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:36 (two years ago) link

slavery has existed everywhere for all recorded history. hardly confined to America, although we certainly embraced one of the most brutal forms of it for a couple centuries.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:01 (two years ago) link

26 white ppl
27 mayonnaise
28 conway twitty
29 all the bad things
30 no good things

sleepingbag, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:03 (two years ago) link

31 guns guns guns love guns need guns
32 sabermetrics
33 god

(Holland surely king of mayonnaise though, for better or for worse)

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:12 (two years ago) link

34. (With drawl) PICKUP TRUCK. GIDDY UP COWBOY.

infinity (∞), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:13 (two years ago) link

35. 99.9% of all "cultural appropriation"

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:13 (two years ago) link

36. $$$

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:17 (two years ago) link

37. Road Trips
38. Self Help
39. Seminars on how to flip properties with no money down

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:26 (two years ago) link

40. Hawaii

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:29 (two years ago) link

41. Grand slams

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:30 (two years ago) link

42. Brian Wilson

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:38 (two years ago) link

43. drive-in cinemas

soref, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:42 (two years ago) link

44. john cena

i gotta be a gazpacho man (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:43 (two years ago) link

(19)45. the atomic bomb

Karl Malone, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:44 (two years ago) link

(19)46. Donald John Trump

infinity (∞), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:45 (two years ago) link

Just sayin some of these things aren't exclusively American. They're everybody's!

pplains, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:45 (two years ago) link

47. Superhero movies for "grownups"

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:46 (two years ago) link

48. jack kirby

i gotta be a gazpacho man (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:55 (two years ago) link

49. jack ruby

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:55 (two years ago) link

27 mayonnaise

27 "ranch"

Number None, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:16 (two years ago) link

ranch-style houses

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:19 (two years ago) link

Ranch might be the most american word there is. The sound of it, the meaning, the house style, the dressing. It's 100% American.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:23 (two years ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/IOlj6Lw.jpg

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:28 (two years ago) link

51. Saturday Night Live and dozens of comedy series and comedians no-one's ever heard of.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:33 (two years ago) link

... no-one else, that is.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:33 (two years ago) link

Every nation seems to have its b-list comedy that doesn't escape its borders though

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:45 (two years ago) link

I mean there are all these british comedians called "Jimmy Pram" or "Tolliver Whelk" or whatever that the britishers on the board seem to reference a lot.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:47 (two years ago) link

52. happy endings
53. late night shows
54. hyper-capitalism
55. "football"
56. "soccer"

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:50 (two years ago) link

Italians
Irish

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:51 (two years ago) link

57. Barack Hussein Obama
58. Velveeta

droit au butt (Euler), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:51 (two years ago) link

Misuse of the collective clause when referring to sports teams

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:52 (two years ago) link

Every nation seems to have its b-list comedy that doesn't escape its borders though

Saturday Night Live is b-list?

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:09 (two years ago) link

'Math'

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:09 (two years ago) link

American comedy is painfully unfunny. There's no real bite, no real cynicism, it always has to be nicey nicey in the end. A or B list, SNL fits that bill surely.

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:11 (two years ago) link

today, sure. I think SNL at its best (maybe 80s-early 90s) was good exactly because it captured and spoofed that wide-eyed lack of cynicism. Kevin Nealon comes to mind, and all of the fake commercials. Since at least Will Ferrell and maybe going back to Chris Farley and Adam Sandler though the style of comedy has been very "I AM BEING FUNNY RIGHT NOW! DO YOU SEE ME BEING FUNNY!"

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:15 (two years ago) link

I've written and deleted a few responses, but really I'm just curious: why does it matter to you, Hadrian and man alive, that lacrosse be considered "American"? It's an important and enduring indigenous tradition—one that crosses the US/Canada border btw, so as bad as the "continental" argument YMP has shredded was, the "we meant the US after all" argument isn't perfect either—that has been lovingly borrowed/ violently appropriated/however you want to phrase it, but why then does America now get to claim ownership of it? I understand that internationally it may be perceived as such, but why let that uninformed perspective be deemed correct? Is tea a "British thing"? I'm sure to lots of people it is, but that doesn't make it true. And it's not like place names and other geographical phenomena are politically neutral or separate from the history of imperialism and colonialism. Ireland is one of the British Isles, can we call all Irish things "British"? I invite you to try that out here on ilxor.com!

Also, I don't know where everyone itt lives, and I honestly don't expect Europeans to know about all this, but imo this isn't a pedantic argument about geography or a check-in on whether or not lacrosse "feels" American. It's about colonization, cultural erasure, and the denial of indigenous sovereignty. Per the latter, the reason this is bothering me is this recent news: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/iroquois-nationals-lacrosse-world-games-1.5717395

rob, Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:21 (two months ago) link

the hamburger steak came from hamburg, the sandwich known as the hamburger - especially its iconic form as illustrated by the emoji 🍔 - is completely American in origin

As versions of the meal have been served for over a century, its origin remains ambiguous.[4] The popular book The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse included a recipe in 1758 as "Hamburgh sausage", which suggested to serve it "roasted with toasted bread under it". A similar snack was also popular in Hamburg by the name "Rundstück warm" ("bread roll warm") in 1869 or earlier,[5] and supposedly eaten by many emigrants on their way to America, but may have contained roasted beefsteak rather than Frikadeller.

(but yeah ofc the miles-wide ceremonial lacrosse played by the Mohawk is probably as far afield from 20th c. lacrosse as these hamburgers are from the emoji)

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:21 (two months ago) link

can we just take it back to fluffernutter and stand your ground?

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:21 (two months ago) link

Rob, it doesn't matter to me that lacrosse is considered American. I just think it's ambiguous and slippery enough that -S's claim can't be wholly dismissed.

I hate lacrosse btw

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:24 (two months ago) link

Not really, I hate a specifically American culture around it

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:25 (two months ago) link

Personally I just content myself with wondering how much better JFK's "I am a Berliner" speech would have been if it had been made in Hamburg

Or Frankfurt

Probably funnier in Frankfurt, imo

Anaïs Ninja (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:28 (two months ago) link

Mayor McCheese said it first

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:31 (two months ago) link

I may have been led astray by Eddie Izzard here, but isn't "Berliner" not the German demonym for "people of Berlin" (iirc Izzard says it's a kind of doughnut?)

rob, Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:33 (two months ago) link

(I guess I've found my role on this thread)

rob, Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:33 (two months ago) link

yes Rob that’s why we laugh about the speech

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:36 (two months ago) link

Rob, normally the urban-legend-level story is that he said "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a jelly doughnut) instead of "Ich bin Berliner" (I am from Berlin). It has also been pointed out that everyone would have understood what he meant anyway (there is voluminous stuff on Snopes and Straight Dope on This.)

Anyway

I hate a specifically American culture around it

I pretty much hate all American sports culture - especially youth sports and "collegiate" sports, so you're not alone. Again

If what you want to say is "lol preppy jock frat bros amirite," just say that

But lacrosse is a tricky case, for the reasons Rob has outlined.

Anaïs Ninja (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:39 (two months ago) link

yes Rob that’s why we laugh about the speech

― sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Thursday, October 29, 2020 12:36 PM (five minutes ago)

ah-ha, yes, this makes much sense now

rob, Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:46 (two months ago) link

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/jfk-doughnut/

Kennedy’s famous line was penned by someone who was raised within Berlin itself and was an accomplished and highly regarded translator in his own right. In proclaiming “Ich bin ein Berliner,” therefore, JFK was no more referring to himself as a pastry than someone calling himself a “New Yorker” would have been understood by Americans as styling himself to be a magazine or a town car. Just as “I’m American” and “I’m an American” are both correct, so are “Ich bin ein Berliner” and “Ich bin Berliner.” (In fact, some German speakers would regard the former to be the more correct.)

Anaïs Ninja (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:47 (two months ago) link

YMP yeah I don't hate big dumb populist sports culture (I even participate in some of it), I just have special disdain for the classist insularity of school lacrosse, it always struck me as the asshole's sport of choice

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:48 (two months ago) link

Ok

Yet more on the more pressing doughnut issue

https://boards.straightdope.com/t/kennedy-im-a-berliner-i-know-weve-done-this/256117/2

Anaïs Ninja (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:49 (two months ago) link

Moreover he did not give his speech on 31 December, the canonical date for consuming Berliner.

v disturbed to learn there's a purge specifically for cannibalism in Germany

rob, Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:52 (two months ago) link

Heh. Btw I harp on the Berliner thing not because I care about pastry all that much, but because: like everyone here I hate lots of "American things."

But I get very cross about lazy/stupid/knee-jerk hates that aren't even accurate.

The reason "I am a jelly doughnut" resonates is because people love a good down-punching narrative like "haha Americans r dumb." Because, you see, he said he was a doughnut lol.

When it returns out that he didn't, and that it was written by an actual Berlin-raised German, it was perfectly grammatical, and it was understood in context....

People still want to be like "nah, I prefer the lazy 'Americans r dumb' narrative because it conforms to my preconceptions and supports my preferred interpretation. Please do not attempt to cloud the issue with facts."

That irks me. There are lots of serious things wrong with America (I feel pretty sure am on record about this). Calling ourselves doughnuts is not among them.

And imo, isn't it possible that focusing on "hah we think we're doughnuts" distracts from the real and more serious things?

Off soapbox

Anaïs Ninja (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 29 October 2020 17:08 (two months ago) link

because people love a good down-punching narrative like "haha Americans r dumb."

Always thought people were clowning more on JFK, who just happened to be an American.

pplains, Thursday, 29 October 2020 17:09 (two months ago) link

And yet his speech is widely regarded as being both grammatical and idiomatic (having been written by a native German speaker from Berlin)

And everyone understood him in context (cf. "I am a New Yorker" could be construed as "I am a magazine" but no serious person construes it that way)

And GAH why am I arguing this still

Anaïs Ninja (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 29 October 2020 17:20 (two months ago) link

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cointelamateur (m bison), Thursday, 29 October 2020 17:26 (two months ago) link

Always thought people were clowning more on JFK, who just happened to be an American.

This is literally the first time I've ever heard anyone say it was about dumb Americans.

Young Boys of Bernie (Tom D.), Thursday, 29 October 2020 17:32 (two months ago) link

had smores for the first time ever this summer when I went camping

pretty good

Politically homely (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 29 October 2020 19:45 (two months ago) link

I have never thought about this before and I’m not German (although being Dutch I’m quite familiar with the German language, which is quite close to ours, also in this particular case), but my sense is that there is a subtle difference between saying “Ich bin Berliner” and “Ich bin ein Berliner”. “Ich bin Berliner” is more like an exclusionary statement: “I’m a Berlin guy first and foremost, that’s what and who I am, period”, whereas “Ich bin ein Berliner” implicitly leaves room for the fact that the speaker may have other affiliations too. Kennedy could have preceded it with “as well as being an American (as you all know), I’m also a Berliner”. So I think he/his speechwriter made the right choice.

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Thursday, 29 October 2020 20:29 (two months ago) link

...which is more or less what the Snopes piece says: "Just as “I’m American” and “I’m an American” are both correct, so are “Ich bin ein Berliner” and “Ich bin Berliner.” (In fact, some German speakers would regard the former to be the more correct for someone who was speaking figuratively, as Kennedy was.)"

Thanks, breastcrawl

Anaïs Ninja (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 29 October 2020 20:45 (two months ago) link

I've noticed there appear to be two ways of pronouncing 'electoral' in the US depending on whether it's the electoral college that's being discussed. The latter seems to be pronounced the 'British' way: e-LEC-to-ral, but otherwise it seems to be pronounced e-lec-TO-ral?

Young Boys of Bernie (Tom D.), Thursday, 5 November 2020 13:31 (two months ago) link

credenza

possibly also chifferobe, chiffonier, armoire, bureau, tallboy, lowboy. but definitely credenza.

neith moon (ledge), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 12:10 (two months ago) link

vac-CINE

Boring blighters bloaters (Tom D.), Monday, 16 November 2020 22:17 (two months ago) link

Do you rhyme it with dachshund?

pplains, Monday, 16 November 2020 22:50 (two months ago) link

VAC-cine

Boring blighters bloaters (Tom D.), Monday, 16 November 2020 22:54 (two months ago) link

I keep hearing the two different pronunciations on the news today.

Boring blighters bloaters (Tom D.), Monday, 16 November 2020 22:55 (two months ago) link

VAC-cine

I'm begging of you please don't take my man

coupvfefe (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:21 (two months ago) link

No, that's vac-CINE surely?

Boring blighters bloaters (Tom D.), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:26 (two months ago) link

Now I'm getting confused, I need to listen to a British version of "Jolene".

Boring blighters bloaters (Tom D.), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:28 (two months ago) link

sleeping compartments on semi-trucks (or lorries as I would call them) that look like this https://www.core77.com/posts/59146/What-Do-Luxury-Sleeper-Cabs-for-Long-Haul-Truck-Drivers-Look-Like

Politically homely (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:33 (two months ago) link

sem-eye trucks?

Boring blighters bloaters (Tom D.), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:35 (two months ago) link

yes, sem-eye truck vs semmy-trailer seems like an American thing?

@oneposter (💹) (sic), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:52 (two months ago) link

Stressing the second syllable seems like it could be an American thing - not only in words like 'vaccine' but in names like Bernard and Gerard. It's almost as if there's an attempt to make the words more interesting to say and hear because the British pronunciations of the same words sound so dull and flat, but I suspect it's more about a French influence on or origin of certain words which the British have been careful to expunge but which persists in American pronunciation.

Boring blighters bloaters (Tom D.), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 01:28 (two months ago) link

like Bernard and Gerard.

was already thinking "this just sounds French tbh" at this point

I don't know if Americans do generally say Ber-NArd, but it definitely does sound fun when Killer Mike says "Senator Buh-NAHD Sanders"

@oneposter (💹) (sic), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 01:38 (two months ago) link

Double down the bunless chicken burger.
Have seen the image over the last decade or whatever and thought it a sign of American excess.
Never seen it available this side of the Atlantic. So was surprised to see it on the menu in the local KFC recently. Which I don't remember having seen before not that I am in there much.
KFC itself wasn't around in a lot of places here for years. I remember one being in a prominent spot in Dublin when I was first there but disappearing after a couple of years and wondering why a well known brand elsewhere was no longer visibly around.
So now wondering if it was a short term offer and if irish customers aren't as pro cholesterol and type 2 diabetes etc as US ones. Or if it is a thing that has been around since they returned.
I think the one I was in is about the only branch in town and is right on the outskirts.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 06:21 (two months ago) link

ga-RARge

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 12:04 (two months ago) link

Jamie Roberts, better known by his stage name Blawan, is an English DJ and record producer from South Yorkshire.

@oneposter (💹) (sic), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 12:19 (two months ago) link

sampled from the Fugees though

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 13:03 (two months ago) link

the uk emphasis on the first syllable of words is why they are incapable of producing plausible rap music

na (NA), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 14:45 (two months ago) link

I want you to park that big Mack truck
Right in this little garridge

na (NA), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 14:47 (two months ago) link

“Plant manager Tom Hart organized a cash-buy-in, winner-take-all, betting pool for supervisors and managers to wager how many plant employees would test positive for COVID-19.” https://t.co/Nyra56dNJ5

— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) November 19, 2020

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 19 November 2020 04:03 (two months ago) link

i think they think yorkshire pudding is like chocolate pudding.. pic.twitter.com/w1pj9vIsGO

— my sexuality is dan levy's spooky eyebrows (@SaimaFerdows) November 19, 2020

huge rant (sic), Saturday, 21 November 2020 08:01 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Pepperidge Farm

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 26 December 2020 21:48 (three weeks ago) link

fuckin milanos.... we should do a poll

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 26 December 2020 21:50 (three weeks ago) link

lol of course it's been done
FAVORITE PEPPERIDGE FARM COOKIE

and the cookies themselves have their own dedicated thread:
Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies

and there's a search and destroy, created pre-poll:
Pepperidge Farm: S/D

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 26 December 2020 21:52 (three weeks ago) link

i was given milano 'slices' with fuckin...... pretzel crumbs in the dark chocolate and it broke my brain with delight

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 26 December 2020 21:53 (three weeks ago) link


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