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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

nah there are beekeepers all around the world

"Big Joe Fuck and the Bogalusa Maniac" (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 16:15 (nine months ago) link

I meant skin hives — itchy welts caused by allergy or stress

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 16:34 (nine months ago) link

the bee population is in global decline, i imagine beekeeping must be pretty stressful

"Big Joe Fuck and the Bogalusa Maniac" (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 16:40 (nine months ago) link

bees live in "tower blocks" in the UK

insecurity bear (sic), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 18:34 (nine months ago) link

I meant skin hives — itchy welts caused by allergy or stress

― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, December 4, 2019 8:34 AM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

i think in british english they just call that a rash?

#FBPIRA (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 18:54 (nine months ago) link

Ha, that's right!

I've Got A Ron Wood Solo Album To Listen To (Tom D.), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 18:55 (nine months ago) link

A rash is different than hives. Hives ime are like individual welts whereas a rash is more diffuse and has more points of irritation (many small bumps, for example). You can get them both from contact with an irritant or from mental stressors, but they are not the same thing. ime.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 19:19 (nine months ago) link

Maybe in BrE the technical term “urticaria” is in common parlance

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 19:49 (nine months ago) link

(Australia has the skin version of hives too ftr. "Hickeys" started to take over from "love bites" in the '90s afaik, as with many other slang terms in Hollywood teen movies. no idea what #youths today call them)

insecurity bear (sic), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 19:50 (nine months ago) link

We're lessy fussy about stuff like that over here. I'm sure there are regional names for hives, though I still don't really know what hives are... or is.

I've Got A Ron Wood Solo Album To Listen To (Tom D.), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 19:51 (nine months ago) link

Lucky you who have never had a hive! They are utterly unrelated to hickeys aside from being skin welts visible to the naked eye.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 19:53 (nine months ago) link

I'm sure I have had a hive and I'm sure I just called it a rash!

I've Got A Ron Wood Solo Album To Listen To (Tom D.), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 19:54 (nine months ago) link

The NHS apparently calls them hives but I've never heard anyone use that word irl.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hives/

I've Got A Ron Wood Solo Album To Listen To (Tom D.), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 19:55 (nine months ago) link

I suppose we should mention zits here as well.

I've Got A Ron Wood Solo Album To Listen To (Tom D.), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 19:56 (nine months ago) link

plukes

insecurity bear (sic), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 19:58 (nine months ago) link

Exactly.

I've Got A Ron Wood Solo Album To Listen To (Tom D.), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 19:58 (nine months ago) link

so this is a list of colloquial names for skin problems?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 20:00 (nine months ago) link

i had a period of acute urticaria with some angioedema of the eyes and lips recently. lasted for about 4 weeks, responded to antihistamines, was (seemingly) idiopathic.

hive are not fun

#FBPIRA (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 20:00 (nine months ago) link

(xp) American names for skin problems.

I've Got A Ron Wood Solo Album To Listen To (Tom D.), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 21:08 (nine months ago) link

Why is the song "Please Mr. Postman" and not "Please Mr. Mailman"?

I've Got A Ron Wood Solo Album To Listen To (Tom D.), Friday, 6 December 2019 20:05 (nine months ago) link

Good question.

https://i.imgur.com/0dqHJfl.jpg

pplains, Friday, 6 December 2019 20:46 (nine months ago) link

why not "carn postie"

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 6 December 2019 21:19 (nine months ago) link

five months pass...

having A/C on 24/7 but keeping the butter in the fridge 24/7 anyway

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 May 2020 16:10 (four months ago) link

People keep butter in the fridge? (Assuming you mean butter that is in the butter dish to be used soon, not backup butter)

Je55e, Friday, 22 May 2020 16:17 (four months ago) link

oh yes!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 May 2020 16:17 (four months ago) link

I don’t know if people who do that. It would make the butter hard to spread.

Je55e, Friday, 22 May 2020 16:18 (four months ago) link

yes, yes it does!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 May 2020 16:18 (four months ago) link

Wait, Je55e?!! Hello!

silby, Friday, 22 May 2020 16:19 (four months ago) link

we keep butter in the fridge and I don't really know why. I personally never spread it on anything and only use it for cooking.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 22 May 2020 16:28 (four months ago) link

I’m dumb

brimstead, Friday, 22 May 2020 16:30 (four months ago) link

Well if you aren’t going to spread it keep it in the fridge. Put butter to spread on things on the counter. The Tao of butter.

silby, Friday, 22 May 2020 16:30 (four months ago) link

In the Prime Grateful Dead doc, their british tour manager comments that Americans are unusually obsessed with defining "what america is" and I thought that was a good observation, although not much to do with butter

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 22 May 2020 16:30 (four months ago) link

https://www.countrylanekitchens.net/images/products/thumb/butter_bell_antique_white_linen_2.jpg

I have one of these butter bells, a little bit of water in the bottom and it stays fresh and spreadable for weeks

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 22 May 2020 16:38 (four months ago) link

Wait, Je55e?!! Hello!


Hello! I mostly lurk in the Covid threads but then I saw talk of butter and I had to pipe up

Je55e, Friday, 22 May 2020 17:29 (four months ago) link

I store butter in the refrigerator, but the dish of butter-in-use stays out on the counter, except during the hotter months of summer. i'mamericanbtw.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 22 May 2020 19:31 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Steve Miller Band, "Greatest Hits 1974-1978"

Subverted by buggery (Tom D.), Thursday, 11 June 2020 14:13 (three months ago) link

somebody get me a cheeseburger

Dan I., Thursday, 11 June 2020 16:29 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Lacrosse

S-, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 10:52 (two weeks ago) link

Might want to google that one

rob, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 11:37 (two weeks ago) link

La crosse, Wisconsin, maybe.

pplains, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 12:46 (two weeks ago) link

Is that different from (non-ice) Hockey? Seems massive here in Belgium.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 14:15 (two weeks ago) link

1. biscuits & gravy

... and I'm proud to be an American!

Get the point? Good, let's dance with nunchaku. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 14:18 (two weeks ago) link

otm

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 15:03 (two weeks ago) link

Three Dog Night
Grateful Dead
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
The Eagles
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Kiss
Boston
Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Doobie Brothers
Grand Funk Railroad
John Fogerty
J Geils Band
Foghat
Styx
Cheap Trick
REO Speedwagon
Kansas
George Thorogood & the Destroyers

Leighton Buzzword (dog latin), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 15:36 (two weeks ago) link

there's an odd one out in that list (although it still works cos nobody likes them in their home country)

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 15:45 (two weeks ago) link

which

Leighton Buzzword (dog latin), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 15:51 (two weeks ago) link

Foghat are British

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 15:51 (two weeks ago) link

Foghat? Ohhh, they're British?

Leighton Buzzword (dog latin), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 15:51 (two weeks ago) link

like, literally no one cares in the UK

Leighton Buzzword (dog latin), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 15:52 (two weeks ago) link

(and I'll be honest and say I got most of those names (incl. Foghat) from a list of 'Greatest American Bands')

Leighton Buzzword (dog latin), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 15:53 (two weeks ago) link


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