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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 (three years ago) link

smore

wtf?

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

Steely Dan
The Beat Generation

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

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

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

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

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

15. grits

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

16. Shriners

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

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

monster trucks

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

bison
bass fishing tournaments
Yellowstone Park

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

Looney Tunes cartoons

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

22. tipping

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

Mate,

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

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

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

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

and of course 25. egg creams

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

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

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

35. 99.9% of all "cultural appropriation"

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

36. $$$

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

40. Hawaii

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

41. Grand slams

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

42. Brian Wilson

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

43. drive-in cinemas

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

44. john cena

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

(19)45. the atomic bomb

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

(19)46. Donald John Trump

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

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

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

47. Superhero movies for "grownups"

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

48. jack kirby

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

49. jack ruby

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

27 mayonnaise

27 "ranch"

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

ranch-style houses

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

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

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

... no-one else, that is.

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

Italians
Irish

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

57. Barack Hussein Obama
58. Velveeta

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

Misuse of the collective clause when referring to sports teams

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

'Math'

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

Pronouncing Leslie as Lesslie and Les as Less... at least they did so in the episode of King of Queens I saw this morning.

Des Weerelds Dool-om-berg ont-doold op Dool-in-bergh (Tom D.), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 16:56 (two months ago) link

I. . . don’t know how else it would be pronounced?

/American

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 18:29 (two months ago) link

Les pronounced lez, as in lesbian.

Kim Kimberly, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 18:38 (two months ago) link

I had no idea!

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 20:24 (two months ago) link

I've never thought about it, but I pronounce it lez-LEE.

But Les is Less.

pplains, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 20:37 (two months ago) link

So then, are we to conclude that the 'Lez' said, the better?

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 20:47 (two months ago) link

I assume that Les in the US is more commonly short for Lester, in which case pronouncing it Less would make sense?

Des Weerelds Dool-om-berg ont-doold op Dool-in-bergh (Tom D.), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 22:43 (two months ago) link

Actually I've just watched a YouTube of Howard Stern talking about Lez-lie West.

Des Weerelds Dool-om-berg ont-doold op Dool-in-bergh (Tom D.), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 22:47 (two months ago) link

In Acadia, they pronounce Leslie, "Lay-Lay".

pplains, Thursday, 28 October 2021 00:22 (two months ago) link

Or not.

pplains, Thursday, 28 October 2021 00:23 (two months ago) link

Sir Lay Patterson

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Thursday, 28 October 2021 01:19 (two months ago) link

i pronounce it lezlie. for les i'm kind of halfway between s and z tbh

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Thursday, 28 October 2021 01:23 (two months ago) link

lez for everything

except for
wkrp’s les nessman ie buckeye newshawk
and leslie knope
the only “less”es that i recognize

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 28 October 2021 01:37 (two months ago) link

Knope is a lezlie in my headcanon tbh. Like I think I have autoreplaced it on hearing, in the moment, on the fly

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Thursday, 28 October 2021 01:43 (two months ago) link

lol

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 28 October 2021 02:24 (two months ago) link

High-fructose corn syrup

Lee626, Thursday, 28 October 2021 13:45 (two months ago) link

Wait, so you're saying that in other nations you get your hair cut without corny-ass a capella singing in four-part harmony?

Like what, you just get your hair cut in SILENCE?

Like SAVAGES?

that of a giant Slor (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 28 October 2021 14:44 (two months ago) link

I've seen and heard barbershop quartets in all sorts of places in the U.S. - and sang in one myself for a few months - but have never heard of one in an actual barber shop.

Lee626, Thursday, 28 October 2021 16:48 (two months ago) link

Like what, you just get your hair cut in SILENCE?

Man, I wish!

pplains, Thursday, 28 October 2021 16:55 (two months ago) link

One of Enoch Powell's most famous quips was prompted by an encounter with the resident House of Commons barber: a notoriously chatty character, who enjoyed treating captive clients to his views on politics and the state of the world. When Powell went in for a trim, the barber asked the standard question: "How should I cut your hair, Sir?" "In silence," was Powell's instant riposte.

Even Powell's political enemies have usually admitted, a bit grudgingly, that this was a rather good joke. But what they haven't realised is that it has a history going back more than 2,000 years. Almost exactly the same gag features in a surviving Roman joke book: the Philogelos (or Laughter Lover), a collection of wisecracks probably compiled in the fourth or fifth century AD. As with most such collections, some of the jokes included were already decidedly old by the time they were anthologised. In fact, we can trace the "chatty barber" gag back to Archelaus, a fifth-century BC king of Macedon. The "how should I cut your hair?" question was standard even then. And Archelaus is supposed to have replied to his own garrulous barber, "In silence."

Des Weerelds Dool-om-berg ont-doold op Dool-in-bergh (Tom D.), Thursday, 28 October 2021 17:54 (two months ago) link

Row Houses. (Which are terrace houses?)

29 facepalms, Thursday, 28 October 2021 17:58 (two months ago) link

Yes, they are terraced houses.

Kim Kimberly, Thursday, 28 October 2021 18:07 (two months ago) link

But why are they called "rowhouses" when they're in cities but "townhouses" when the same type of structure is in a suburb?

Lee626, Thursday, 28 October 2021 19:18 (two months ago) link

That is answered at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Townhouse

visiting, Thursday, 28 October 2021 20:19 (two months ago) link

Yeah rowhouses are a specific thing and are (subtly) distinct from townhouses. It's not just about where they are - I have lived in places where both exist in close proximity.

I have spent time in both and can feel the difference, but there is a bit of "I know it when I see it."

gin and catatonic (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 28 October 2021 21:13 (two months ago) link

The thing is, some urban rowhouses, like these in Washington DC, don't meet the Wikipedia definition of what constitutes a rowhouse rather than a townhouse, even though they look like rowhouses and would likely be called that. I have no idea whether they share a foundation or have double walls between addresses, but they certainly have townhouse-style separate roofs and facades that don't look like your neighbor's. It does seem to me that old/pre-automotive era = rowhouse, newer/larger = townhouse. And usually that correlates with city vs. suburbs.

Lee626, Thursday, 28 October 2021 22:30 (two months ago) link

Now that I think of it, what makes it feel "townhouse" to me is a parking lot out front, and the homes usually being in a development often with a name for each one. Rowhouses don't have parking lots out front (and usually not to the side or rear either), just a one or two lane street with parallel parking (if there's parking at all). But that has nothing to do with the buildings themselves, and again it correlates with city vs. suburbs.

Lee626, Thursday, 28 October 2021 22:45 (two months ago) link

near-random seeming combinations of foods that usually involve melted cheese, bbq sauce, and too many other fat and salt sources combined in one place but are also supposed to sound vaguely creative or sophisticated

"Try our roasted-red-pepper-pesto-ranch bbq chicken and jack cheese flatbread pizza!"

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 29 October 2021 01:27 (two months ago) link

Aka Guy Fieri cuisine

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 29 October 2021 04:22 (two months ago) link

ZEE

Lee626, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 16:31 (two months ago) link

there's a moving van I drive past at least once a week in Cambridge called "EEZEE Movers" and it just makes me sad, did they use to be called "EZ Movers" but then had too many people saying "why are you called EE ZED? hur hur"?

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 16:40 (two months ago) link

dj EZ to thread ("dj ee-zed")

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 16:58 (two months ago) link

QRS!
TUV!
W, X, Y AND
......
zed

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 16:59 (two months ago) link

will note that I have seen verified English people referring to their birthday as a "b-day" recently, which spins my brain around something rotten, maybe they just haven't heard of bidets? no other explanation comes to mind.

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 17:01 (two months ago) link

in China the alphabet song goes

A B C D E F G
H I J K L M N
O P Q R S T U V
W X Y and Z

which is wrong

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 17:03 (two months ago) link

b-day rhymes with DJ, not g'day.

pplains, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 18:09 (two months ago) link

UK vs US pronounciation of bidet

Kim Kimberly, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 18:20 (two months ago) link

So does bidet? Unless that's another American thing?

Des Weerelds Dool-om-berg ont-doold op Dool-in-bergh (Tom D.), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 18:21 (two months ago) link

(xp) LOL

Des Weerelds Dool-om-berg ont-doold op Dool-in-bergh (Tom D.), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 18:21 (two months ago) link

I'm usually up on US/UK English usage and pronunciation differences, but didn't know about BEEday. Note to self: don't contract "birthday" when i'm in the UK.

Lee626, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 18:34 (two months ago) link

Conversely, if you travel to the US don't say to your hosts "I gotta use the toilet" - sounds a bit crude to Americans where a toilet is only the commode itself, not the room its in.

Lee626, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 18:38 (two months ago) link

"Where's the bog?"

Des Weerelds Dool-om-berg ont-doold op Dool-in-bergh (Tom D.), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 18:39 (two months ago) link

That'll work in America; not sure about Australia...

Lee626, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 18:40 (two months ago) link

“Where’s Rob?”

“He’s in the toilet”

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 18:57 (two months ago) link

American thing: flying to Dallas because you heard on Facebook that JFK Jr will miraculously come to life make an important announcement at the AT&T Discovery Plaza.

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 19:00 (two months ago) link

That's J.B. for ya... Dunkin' on your big Glasgow and then getting out of there.

pplains, Tuesday, 9 November 2021 14:56 (two months ago) link

First the farting and now this, is there going to be a war?

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 9 November 2021 15:04 (two months ago) link


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