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and of course 25. egg creams

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

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

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

35. 99.9% of all "cultural appropriation"

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

36. $$$

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

40. Hawaii

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

41. Grand slams

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

42. Brian Wilson

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

43. drive-in cinemas

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

44. john cena

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

(19)45. the atomic bomb

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

(19)46. Donald John Trump

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

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

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

47. Superhero movies for "grownups"

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

48. jack kirby

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

49. jack ruby

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

27 mayonnaise

27 "ranch"

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

ranch-style houses

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

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

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

... no-one else, that is.

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

Italians
Irish

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

57. Barack Hussein Obama
58. Velveeta

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

Misuse of the collective clause when referring to sports teams

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

'Math'

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

(kind of a dumb comment I guess since Nealon overlapped with Farley and Sandler)

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

snl national lampoon and mad magazine none funny none ever funny

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:17 (one year ago) link

A or B list, SNL fits that bill surely.

I wouldn't know, I've never seen it.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:18 (one year ago) link

Clips I've seen look dire though.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:19 (one year ago) link

'Mr. President'

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:19 (one year ago) link

59. gunz

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:23 (one year ago) link

60. Patriotism

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:26 (one year ago) link

61. "GET IN THE HOLE!"

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:28 (one year ago) link

'Math'

perfect

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:41 (one year ago) link

62. sports
63. the hospital
64. vacation

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:47 (one year ago) link

The hospital?

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:51 (one year ago) link

65. institutional racism perfected
66. bumper stickers
67. trailer parks

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:53 (one year ago) link

Italians
Irish

-darraghmac


First thing i was gonna post itt was

Canadians

infinity (∞), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:54 (one year ago) link

68. 'erbs

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:57 (one year ago) link

69. Missing out u's from words and -er endings instead of -re.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:58 (one year ago) link

Mah-sir
Mah-soos

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:15 (four months ago) link

what does masseuse rhyme with in the old empire?

― ☮ (peace, man), Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:43 PM (thirty-two minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hers

― The Pingularity (ledge), Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:09 PM (six minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I mean, there's no "r" there. Plus, it looks like Dr. Seuss.

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:16 (four months ago) link

Well you do say dool for duel after all. For example. Talking of American things.

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:19 (four months ago) link

there's masseuse and masseur. female and male.

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:19 (four months ago) link

Well you do say dool for duel after all. For example. Talking of American things.

― Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:19 PM (eleven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

What do you guys say - drool?

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:30 (four months ago) link

Duel

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:42 (four months ago) link

You don't say fool for fuel, after all.

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:43 (four months ago) link

hers

― The Pingularity (ledge), Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:09 PM (forty-three minutes ago)

how do you say masseur? mass oo-er?

― The Pingularity (ledge), Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:11 PM (forty-one minutes ago)

classic Britishism -- "if we bungle the pronunciation badly enough, maybe people will forget that it's a loanword"

tandoor vittles (unregistered), Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:54 (four months ago) link

(TIL about hyperforeignism)

tandoor vittles (unregistered), Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:01 (four months ago) link

I mean, there's no "r" there. Plus, it looks like Dr. Seuss.

I may have some exciting news for you about the pronunciation of American author Theodor Geisel’s middle name

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:07 (four months ago) link

classic Britishism -- "if we bungle the pronunciation badly enough, maybe people will forget that it's a loanword"

yeah, it still doesn't rhyme with moose.

The Pingularity (ledge), Friday, 21 June 2019 07:40 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

68. 'erbs

― Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:57 (one year ago) bookmarkflaglink

Although herb has always been spelled with an h, pronunciation without it was usual until the 19th century and is still standard in the US.

Euripedes' Trousers (Tom D.), Sunday, 11 August 2019 00:36 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

I do love how Americans pronounce bay-zil - especially being a neuroscience guy so it's a homophone for "basal ganglia" which always gives me a smile.

Anyway I came here for "padiddle" - who even HAS a word for a car with one headlight working, let alone something as loony as that?

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:42 (three weeks ago) link

not to be confused with the paradiddle

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 01:10 (three weeks ago) link

"padiddle" - who even HAS a word for a car with one headlight working, let alone something as loony as that?

not me. I've never run across "padiddle" ever anywhere, in conversation or in print, and I know a lot of words.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 02:56 (three weeks ago) link

nope me neither

and I drive one

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 02:58 (three weeks ago) link

I have heard of “padiddle” but not as a word for a car with a headlight out but as something you say when you see one.

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 03:23 (three weeks ago) link

It’s a road trip game basically, I forget what the forfeit is if your seatmate says it before you.

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 03:24 (three weeks ago) link

here on Australia we have "spotto" which is what one says when one sees a yellow car; "hippo" is a variant for weird colours like purple

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 03:37 (three weeks ago) link

*in

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 03:37 (three weeks ago) link

no, spotto is a game where you are hunting for other humans in the bush at night with a handheld torch

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 05:16 (three weeks ago) link

true, I take it you were in the Scouts as well sic

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 05:18 (three weeks ago) link

scouts, DofE, a my-school-specific program called Adventure Country, etc

spent a weekend in the bush every two months or so from sixth grade. at 16 we were just getting dropped in the desert near the NSW/Qld border, with girls from another school and a map, with a rendezvous point to meet adults/vans at five days later. have to wonder if that still goes on in a cell phone era

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 05:52 (three weeks ago) link

that is frickin awesome

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 06:02 (three weeks ago) link

Australian things thread needed.

Let them eat Pfifferlinge an Schneckensauce (Tom D.), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 06:43 (three weeks ago) link

here on Australia we have "spotto" which is what one says when one sees a yellow car

times 牛肉麵 (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 07:39 (three weeks ago) link

The regional variant I'm familiar with was 'perdiddle' and the first to spot and call one out gave the other a sock in the arm. Thanks for dredging up high school memories I'd thought were well and truly suppressed.

Furter-Bursting Tater Squirter (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 09:59 (three weeks ago) link

the fires of perdiddle

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 10:08 (three weeks ago) link

Had a feeling that my padiddle reference would not be universally recognized, even among Americans tbh.

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 10:41 (three weeks ago) link

When we see a Wallflowers car, we hit each other in the upper arm and yell "COCK-EYE".

pplains, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 12:16 (three weeks ago) link

Padiddle may be regional? In any case it is decently widespread but there are some families & communities that simply don't have that tradition and it just missed them in its distribution. I am not familiar with the variant where you get to punch someone, but I have heard of "punch buggy" where you punch someone's arm if you spot a VW Beetle. I think you have to say the color: "punch buggy blue!" To indicate that you actually did see a specific car.

I think I was a teenager before I heard of either of these. They all sound pretty stupid to me - even pointlessly cruel. But apparently in some circles it's a beloved type of juvenile fun, like yelling "shotgun" or "dibs" or "bags I..."

Instant Carmax (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 14:30 (three weeks ago) link

if you saw a lada you could stab someone

all over bar the shouting (im here for the shouting) (darraghmac), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 14:34 (three weeks ago) link

Fog lights do not count as a padiddle even if used as primary lights. There is no such thing as a double padiddle.

See also: Punch buggy

mookieproof, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:55 (three weeks ago) link

i remember learning about padiddles in high school -- i had never heard of it before, presumably because i was an only child? idk

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 18:30 (three weeks ago) link

i thought it was suuuuuuper weird that hitting/punching/socking someone in the car with you was a thing people did for laughs

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 18:31 (three weeks ago) link


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