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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 (ten months ago) Permalink

smore

wtf?

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

Steely Dan
The Beat Generation

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 12:32 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 4 February 2018 14:20 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

tokyo rosemary, Sunday, 4 February 2018 15:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

soref, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:10 (ten months ago) Permalink

15. grits

WilliamC, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:16 (ten months ago) Permalink

16. Shriners

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

soref, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:18 (ten months ago) Permalink

monster trucks

ciderpress, Sunday, 4 February 2018 17:49 (ten months ago) Permalink

bison
bass fishing tournaments
Yellowstone Park

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

Looney Tunes cartoons

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

22. tipping

Haribo Hancock (sic), Sunday, 4 February 2018 19:49 (ten months ago) Permalink

Mate,

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

pplains, Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:27 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

pplains, Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:28 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) Permalink

and of course 25. egg creams

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

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

infinity (∞), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

35. 99.9% of all "cultural appropriation"

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

36. $$$

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

40. Hawaii

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:29 (ten months ago) Permalink

41. Grand slams

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:30 (ten months ago) Permalink

42. Brian Wilson

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:38 (ten months ago) Permalink

43. drive-in cinemas

soref, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:42 (ten months ago) Permalink

44. john cena

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

(19)45. the atomic bomb

Karl Malone, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:44 (ten months ago) Permalink

(19)46. Donald John Trump

infinity (∞), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:45 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

pplains, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:45 (ten months ago) Permalink

47. Superhero movies for "grownups"

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

48. jack kirby

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

49. jack ruby

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

27 mayonnaise

27 "ranch"

Number None, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:16 (ten months ago) Permalink

ranch-style houses

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

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

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

... no-one else, that is.

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

Italians
Irish

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:51 (ten months ago) Permalink

57. Barack Hussein Obama
58. Velveeta

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

Misuse of the collective clause when referring to sports teams

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:52 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) Permalink

'Math'

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

one month passes...

disturbingly large gaps in cubicle doors

― Number None, Thursday, 19 July 2018 07:24 (one month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is so fucking weird, i do not understand this at all

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 8 September 2018 23:40 (three months ago) Permalink

seriously why even hang a door there when the gap is so big you're basically guaranteed an audience

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 8 September 2018 23:40 (three months ago) Permalink

Ranch might be the most american word there is.

Like so many concepts and objects associated with the western USA, the ranchero was borrowed from Mexico.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 9 September 2018 00:13 (three months ago) Permalink

Do you mean doors or "doorways"?

Like, none of these would ever have had doors in the first place.

https://i.imgur.com/8C2eC7p.jpg

pplains, Sunday, 9 September 2018 00:36 (three months ago) Permalink

lmao

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 9 September 2018 00:43 (three months ago) Permalink

bathroom cubicles i think they mean

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 9 September 2018 00:49 (three months ago) Permalink

*unveils list of american things* so we call those bathroom stalls

21st savagery fox (m bison), Sunday, 9 September 2018 00:56 (three months ago) Permalink

Get it right

Sicka “europeans”

Also i never even close the door if I’m inside a stall

F# A# (∞), Sunday, 9 September 2018 01:54 (three months ago) Permalink

Foul

faculty w1fe (silby), Sunday, 9 September 2018 02:59 (three months ago) Permalink

Number 1 not 2 grams

F# A# (∞), Sunday, 9 September 2018 03:04 (three months ago) Permalink

what i love about ilx is that international threads always end up being about poop

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 9 September 2018 04:16 (three months ago) Permalink

de subjectivism aka dutch oven

gordon cartyard (alomar lines), Sunday, 9 September 2018 05:03 (three months ago) Permalink

If only there was a blanket big enough to cover all of ilx

F# A# (∞), Sunday, 9 September 2018 10:23 (three months ago) Permalink

CLOSETS IN BEDROOMS

Lee626, Thursday, 13 September 2018 09:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Is that not more of a....universal thing

Number None, Thursday, 13 September 2018 12:45 (two months ago) Permalink

If there’s a world with bedrooms without closets i do not want to live in it

F# A# (∞), Thursday, 13 September 2018 13:16 (two months ago) Permalink

is this like closets (built in rooms) vs wardrobes (free standing furniture)? otherwise this non-american is nonplussed.

Winner of the 2018 Great British Bae *cough* (ledge), Thursday, 13 September 2018 14:02 (two months ago) Permalink

yes

Lee626, Thursday, 13 September 2018 15:04 (two months ago) Permalink

I seem to recall being told that in the colonial era (talking mid-Atlantic USian here), homes were taxed by the number of doors. So 17th and 18th-century American bedrooms were vastly more likely to have a freestanding wardrobe than a closet.

Now I'm not so sure; maybe it was just far simpler to build rectangular rooms one against another. And the carpentry required for a separate closet was simply too much trouble in an era when people had far fewer clothes.

Even the closets in my 1940ish house are laughably small; a contemporary American person just tends to have a lot more clothes, some of which aren't worn very often. My wife and daughter both have their own; my son and I share his.

afaict it wasn't until the 1970s that walk-in closets became a thing in most homes. The even more lavish his/hers closets mostly date from the McMansion era of the 90s-oughts.

Never mind the bollards (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 13 September 2018 17:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Office cubicles

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 13 September 2018 19:12 (two months ago) Permalink

From the last run of posts, one could conclude that Americanism is a vast plot to remove the doors from offices, and put them instead into houses.

Never mind the bollards (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 13 September 2018 20:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Except we’ve taken a lot of the doors back out of houses in the last 30 years, nobody has had a door on their kitchen for decades

faculty w1fe (silby), Thursday, 13 September 2018 20:08 (two months ago) Permalink

All the doors are reclaimed for use in furniture now

faculty w1fe (silby), Thursday, 13 September 2018 20:09 (two months ago) Permalink

This reminds of a very American thing I noticed after house hunting a couple times: no over head lights in living rooms.

just1n3, Friday, 14 September 2018 04:27 (two months ago) Permalink

ugh yes this is my life :(

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 14 September 2018 13:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Always been 50/50 for me... Granted, the light is usually part of a ceiling fan.

pplains, Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:56 (two months ago) Permalink

big lamp™️ is behind it all, imo

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 15 September 2018 02:50 (two months ago) Permalink

griddle
skillet

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 21 September 2018 19:57 (two months ago) Permalink

^^^^

smore

wtf?

― Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, February 4, 2018 11:35 AM (seven months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Seven months on and my local Morrisons is advertising Smores - I'm not sure if they sell them though.

Zach Same (Tom D.), Friday, 21 September 2018 21:13 (two months ago) Permalink

Sorry, S'mores, I still don't know what they are, some kind of dessert?

Zach Same (Tom D.), Friday, 21 September 2018 21:15 (two months ago) Permalink

graham cracker base layer, piece of chocolate bar layer, toasted marshmallow layer, graham cracker top layer

its a treat

21st savagery fox (m bison), Saturday, 22 September 2018 03:36 (two months ago) Permalink

the s'more is the context that allows Hershey's chocolate to actually make sense

El Tomboto, Saturday, 22 September 2018 03:41 (two months ago) Permalink

don't forget the twig, the campfire and a little camping chair outside the tent

F# A# (∞), Saturday, 22 September 2018 03:44 (two months ago) Permalink

countries that liked american things in 2017:

http://www.pewglobal.org/database/indicator/1/survey/19/

F# A# (∞), Saturday, 22 September 2018 03:45 (two months ago) Permalink

don't forget the twig, the campfire and a little camping chair outside the tent

― F# A# (∞), Friday, September 21, 2018 10:44 PM (one minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i would not recommend putting these things on a s'mores as it would render it inedible.

21st savagery fox (m bison), Saturday, 22 September 2018 03:47 (two months ago) Permalink

get a loada this guy

F# A# (∞), Saturday, 22 September 2018 03:49 (two months ago) Permalink

fire pits at the beach are good too

El Tomboto, Saturday, 22 September 2018 03:50 (two months ago) Permalink

S’mores are overrated

calstars, Saturday, 22 September 2018 03:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Roasted mellows ok, fuck a graham cracker. Maybe some chocolate later.

calstars, Saturday, 22 September 2018 03:51 (two months ago) Permalink

graham crackers

Zach Same (Tom D.), Saturday, 22 September 2018 06:59 (two months ago) Permalink

roasted mellows

Zach Same (Tom D.), Saturday, 22 September 2018 06:59 (two months ago) Permalink

graham cracker

do you mean a gram cracker

Bitty Gingham Sheet (sic), Saturday, 22 September 2018 07:43 (two months ago) Permalink

graham crackers are good
i love smores

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 22 September 2018 15:01 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

morning TV hosts currently screaming with laughter at the notion that sales of "American cheese" are slowing bcz "millennials" are aware of cheeses that contain cheese

"Havardy? Havardy."

"Goat brie, wrapped in a fig!"

Eight-Tenths Bigamy (sic), Friday, 26 October 2018 16:10 (one month ago) Permalink

they pipe NO2 into those studios iirc

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Friday, 26 October 2018 16:17 (one month ago) Permalink

angry to learn about cheeses that do not come in a highly convenient spray can

riposte malone (King Boy Pato), Friday, 26 October 2018 22:53 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWRJTgvhNd0

pplains, Saturday, 27 October 2018 01:28 (one month ago) Permalink

However I feel like one very American thing is the idea of “tastings” and “learning” about cheese, wine, craft beer, sausage, whiskey, pickle relish or whatever. It’s this modern day bougie flipside of our impoverished food culture. It’s still a huge improvement of course.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Saturday, 27 October 2018 01:32 (one month ago) Permalink


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