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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 (one year ago) Permalink

smore

wtf?

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 11:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Steely Dan
The Beat Generation

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 12:32 (one year ago) Permalink

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

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 4 February 2018 14:20 (one year ago) Permalink

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

tokyo rosemary, Sunday, 4 February 2018 15:43 (one year ago) Permalink

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

soref, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:10 (one year ago) Permalink

15. grits

WilliamC, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:16 (one year ago) Permalink

16. Shriners

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

soref, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:18 (one year ago) Permalink

monster trucks

ciderpress, Sunday, 4 February 2018 17:49 (one year ago) Permalink

bison
bass fishing tournaments
Yellowstone Park

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 4 February 2018 19:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Looney Tunes cartoons

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 4 February 2018 19:23 (one year ago) Permalink

22. tipping

Haribo Hancock (sic), Sunday, 4 February 2018 19:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Mate,

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

pplains, Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:27 (one year ago) Permalink

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

pplains, Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:28 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

and of course 25. egg creams

i gotta be a gazpacho man (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:36 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

sleepingbag, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:03 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

infinity (∞), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:13 (one year ago) Permalink

35. 99.9% of all "cultural appropriation"

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:13 (one year ago) Permalink

36. $$$

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:17 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

40. Hawaii

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:29 (one year ago) Permalink

41. Grand slams

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:30 (one year ago) Permalink

42. Brian Wilson

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:38 (one year ago) Permalink

43. drive-in cinemas

soref, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:42 (one year ago) Permalink

44. john cena

i gotta be a gazpacho man (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:43 (one year ago) Permalink

(19)45. the atomic bomb

Karl Malone, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:44 (one year ago) Permalink

(19)46. Donald John Trump

infinity (∞), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:45 (one year ago) Permalink

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

pplains, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:45 (one year ago) Permalink

47. Superhero movies for "grownups"

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:46 (one year ago) Permalink

48. jack kirby

i gotta be a gazpacho man (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:55 (one year ago) Permalink

49. jack ruby

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:55 (one year ago) Permalink

27 mayonnaise

27 "ranch"

Number None, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:16 (one year ago) Permalink

ranch-style houses

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:19 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:28 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

... no-one else, that is.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:33 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Italians
Irish

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:51 (one year ago) Permalink

57. Barack Hussein Obama
58. Velveeta

droit au butt (Euler), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Misuse of the collective clause when referring to sports teams

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:52 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

'Math'

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:09 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

using cornflakes as breading or topping

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:13 (one month ago) Permalink

gas stations with wide selection of beer

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:15 (one month ago) Permalink

graham and craig pronounced gram and crag

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:15 (one month ago) Permalink

creg iirc

what if bod was one of us (ledge), Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:17 (one month ago) Permalink

crəg

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:19 (one month ago) Permalink

jim, i have friends in the music scene/industry.
none of them use new wave as a synonym
for post punk.

we do say "crayg," though, lol

i'm pretty sure it varies by region

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:22 (one month ago) Permalink

new wave means rock music with keyboards
post punk means sounds like joy division

na (NA), Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:30 (one month ago) Permalink

i wish post punk meant sounds like pere ubu or the raincoats but no it's always joy division

na (NA), Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:30 (one month ago) Permalink

but i've never known anyone to use those terms interchangeably

na (NA), Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:31 (one month ago) Permalink

graham and craig pronounced gram and crag


truly the most disgusting savagery

kiss me dadly (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Ceecil

Swing Band the Sailor (Tom D.), Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:58 (one month ago) Permalink

... hold on, I've done that one before.

Swing Band the Sailor (Tom D.), Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:59 (one month ago) Permalink

that shepherds pie looks legit

its incredible to me they just cannot get the paddys thing right tho

~mine own~ bitcoin (darraghmac), Thursday, 14 March 2019 21:02 (one month ago) Permalink

paddys
paddys day
st patricks day

thats it. there are no other terms.

~mine own~ bitcoin (darraghmac), Thursday, 14 March 2019 21:03 (one month ago) Permalink

that shepherds pie looks legit

sweet potatoes?

steven, soda jerk (sic), Thursday, 14 March 2019 21:20 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah ive done that its grand

~mine own~ bitcoin (darraghmac), Thursday, 14 March 2019 21:29 (one month ago) Permalink

no argument against the noble kumara, just seems less than "legit" as a nostalgic taste of the auld motherland

steven, soda jerk (sic), Thursday, 14 March 2019 21:52 (one month ago) Permalink

i have the privilege of not living (or cooking) in the aul wan tbf

~mine own~ bitcoin (darraghmac), Thursday, 14 March 2019 22:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Potatoes were a new world import btw

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 15 March 2019 03:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Before potatoes came to Ireland, the Irish mostly just ate leprechauns iirc

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 15 March 2019 03:08 (one month ago) Permalink

That's why there are so few leprechauns about, nowadays

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 15 March 2019 03:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Last month I was driving to work and was in a queue behind a traffic light, left the 'keep clear' box in front of me empty, the car behind me drove around my car into the space! I was livid to the point of considering beeping my horn.

― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, March 11, 2019 12:02 PM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Honestly don't know if this is sarcasm or not

calumy (rip van wanko), Friday, 15 March 2019 03:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Anyway, we honk like migrating geese

calumy (rip van wanko), Friday, 15 March 2019 03:23 (one month ago) Permalink

North American things.

pplains, Friday, 15 March 2019 03:25 (one month ago) Permalink

gas stations with wide selection of beer

love this fuckin country

alomar lines, Friday, 15 March 2019 05:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Potatoes were a new world import btw

― Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 15 March 2019 03:05 (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Before potatoes came to Ireland, the Irish mostly just ate leprechauns iirc

― Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 15 March 2019 03:08 (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

some one-two, this

~mine own~ bitcoin (darraghmac), Friday, 15 March 2019 07:42 (one month ago) Permalink

one-potato two-potato three-potato four

pplains, Friday, 15 March 2019 13:28 (one month ago) Permalink

waiting in line for the Starbucks bathroom for like a good 20 minutes

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 17 March 2019 04:35 (one month ago) Permalink

bathroom

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 17 March 2019 06:27 (one month ago) Permalink

^^

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 17 March 2019 06:47 (one month ago) Permalink

*shites in the loo*

velko, Sunday, 17 March 2019 06:59 (one month ago) Permalink

gas stations with wide selection of beer

love this fuckin country

― alomar lines, Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:23 PM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It is something that has thrilled me

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Sunday, 17 March 2019 07:22 (one month ago) Permalink

whats american abt bathroom

~mine own~ bitcoin (darraghmac), Sunday, 17 March 2019 10:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Maybe they've got beer in them.

Bielsa, Bub (Tom D.), Sunday, 17 March 2019 10:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Using bathroom to mean the lavatory as opposed to the room you bathe in is what’s being referred to there

A funny tinge happened on the way to the forum (wins), Sunday, 17 March 2019 10:32 (one month ago) Permalink

calumy (rip van wanko) at 3:18 15 Mar 19

Last month I was driving to work and was in a queue behind a traffic light, left the 'keep clear' box in front of me empty, the car behind me drove around my car into the space! I was livid to the point of considering beeping my horn.
― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, March 11, 2019 12:02 PM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Honestly don't know if this is sarcasm or not
Not sarcastic ftr, but there are plenty of people on the road here who seem to have no compunction in using it.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 17 March 2019 10:39 (one month ago) Permalink

gas stations with wide selection of beer

love this fuckin country

― alomar lines, Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:23 PM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It is something that has thrilled me

― ( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Sunday, 17 March 2019 6:22 PM (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Varies by state, the fucking palava you have to go through to buy a six pack of beer and a bag of chips in Pennsylvania was another infuriating and very American.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 17 March 2019 11:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Fun fact, the literal meaning of "lavatory" is also "a room for washing", they are equivalent. At least Australians use "dunny" which derives from a word meaning "dung house".

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Sunday, 17 March 2019 11:56 (one month ago) Permalink

tbh I don't know anyone who says "lavatory" either, it's toilets/loos/bogs afaik

Colonel Poo, Sunday, 17 March 2019 12:20 (one month ago) Permalink

bathroom

~mine own~ bitcoin (darraghmac), Sunday, 17 March 2019 12:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Using bathroom to mean the lavatory as opposed to the room you bathe in is what’s being referred to there

yeah but “toilet” means the room you dress or wash in, it’s modern polite euphemisms replacing now-seen-as-coarse-euphemisms all the way down

steven, soda jerk (sic), Sunday, 17 March 2019 12:27 (one month ago) Permalink

i'm reading harry potter to my kids and they keep saying "bathroom". now, jk rowling's english, and these kids are clearly intended to be english (king's cross station etc) - so what gives? has the editor americanized these words because of the larger american market for these books? or is there an actual american edition?? (struggling to think of what else might have been changed in this case, presumably a few passing references to graham crackers and rodeos)

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 17 March 2019 13:40 (one month ago) Permalink

restroom

Bielsa, Bub (Tom D.), Sunday, 17 March 2019 13:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Using bathroom to mean the lavatory as opposed to the room you bathe in

"Lavatory" is derived from, let's see, "lavatorium," and from "lavare," which means to wash or bathe.

Is there an "oh let's laugh at the stupid Americans" point that I am missing here?

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 17 March 2019 14:42 (one month ago) Permalink

"Hunsecker... to the lavatorium - at once!!"

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 17 March 2019 14:44 (one month ago) Permalink

I know the etymology of lavatory duh. I was just clarifying why ppl were mentioning bathroom itt because deems asked “what’s American about bathroom”. Outside of the us it’s less common to use “bathroom” for a room that only contains a toilet and sink (ie no bath or shower). That’s what ppl are saying is American.

A funny tinge happened on the way to the forum (wins), Sunday, 17 March 2019 15:30 (one month ago) Permalink

Restroom is also used a lot, and as far as I know not many people retreat to the dunghouse to rest

calumy (rip van wanko), Sunday, 17 March 2019 15:54 (one month ago) Permalink

I believe that would be an ecumenical matter, for resolution on a “shitting at work” thread

steven, soda jerk (sic), Sunday, 17 March 2019 17:28 (one month ago) Permalink

restrooms are public bathrooms

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, Sunday, 17 March 2019 17:36 (one month ago) Permalink

is there an actual american edition??

yes-- pudding becomes dessert etc. (and obv philosopher becomes sorcerer).

read an article once about the process and they talked about leaving in colloquialisms where they could be understood from context and added that vital tone of twee exotica: the example i remember was someone saying "she got a bit shirty with me".

difficult listening hour, Sunday, 17 March 2019 17:37 (one month ago) Permalink


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