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US And UK...The Differences?  
User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2378 times:

Name your biggest differences between the US and UK.

Post away........try and keep it civil, although bring the jokes too.

[Edited 2005-03-17 03:29:39]

84 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2364 times:

I found that London was exactly like New York

What they both have:

Bad Drivers
Good Culture
Good Food
Nice People (Yes, they do)

What London Has that New York Doesn't:

British Accents
Driving on the Right Side of the Road

What New York has that London Doesn't:

(REALLY) Big Buildings
Brooklyn Accents
Smell of Piss Everywhere


User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4130 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2362 times:

Driving. We drive on the correct side dammit!  Smile


"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4898 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2358 times:

Not to mention we speak English correctly Wink


Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2357 times:

We have straight/white teeth, we have hotter girls, we have ScottysAir

They have rugby (better than the US) they have accents that make them sound smart no matter what the hell they're saying



Go big or go home
User currently offlineTheCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2348 times:

I'd say it's driving - and how we both drive on opposite sides of the road.

Secondly I'd say the women.

Third, the temperature of the beer they serve at the pub.

Fourth, the number of toasters. I walked into an electronics store near York and they had two rows of toasters. I thought that was a bit strange.


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2342 times:

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 3):
Not to mention we speak English correctly

Two nations separated by a common language...  Wink

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2330 times:

London has those helpful suggestions about which way to look when crossing the street. I've yet to see any of those in the US. I fear we may have a bunch of run-over Brits here any day now!

User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4130 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2321 times:

I almost forgot...loads of ROUNDABOUTS!


"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2321 times:

...dental hygiene?

User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2320 times:

http://rds.yahoo.com/S=96062883/K=Roundabouts/v=2/SID=e/l=IVS/SIG=1290tdhsi/EXP=1111113694/*-http%3A//www.ksu.edu/roundabouts/photos/Perthstreet.jpg

The US is clearly a very primitive country


User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2315 times:

Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 8):
I almost forgot...loads of ROUNDABOUTS!

don't know, the US is embracing them these days


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2309 times:

Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 8):
I almost forgot...loads of ROUNDABOUTS!

Someone's never been to NJ, the land of the circle and jug-handle. Big grin

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4130 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2306 times:

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 12):
Someone's never been to NJ, the land of the circle and jug-handle.

Oh believe me I have...Driven on the 133 (or was it 33?) from East Windsor to Hamilton. Jug handles are just wannabe roundabouts. Except for maybe DC, Ive never seen roundabouts here in the US like the one Rj111 posted.



"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2296 times:

The use of OU in every favORite word.

UAL


User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2292 times:

Mdsh00,

go here

http://www.roundaboutsusa.com/images/cw6.jpg

http://www.roundaboutsusa.com/images/stgeorge.jpg

I used to drive through a 6-point roundabout that has a train running through the middle every day on my way to work.

[Edited 2005-03-17 04:06:17]

User currently offlineAirplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2265 times:

What's the difference?

I you post a critical opinion about the UK in A.net, you are met with useful dialog and discussion.

If you say anthing about the US....you get your post deleted and get accused of bashing Bush.


User currently offlineN5176Y From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

Quoting Airplay (Reply 16):
What's the difference?

I you post a critical opinion about the UK in A.net, you are met with useful dialog and discussion.

If you say anthing about the US....you get your post deleted and get accused of bashing Bush.

You, Sir, have issues.


User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2259 times:

Quoting Airplay (Reply 16):
If you say anthing about the US....you get your post deleted and get accused of bashing Bush.

......No, not quite there buddy.


User currently offlineTheCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2256 times:

Quoting SLC1 (Reply 11):
Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 8):
I almost forgot...loads of ROUNDABOUTS!


don't know, the US is embracing them these days

Yes, the USA is embracing them, but the people have no clue how they work. It's pathetic.


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

I can drive UK roundabouts because that's where I learned to drive them. I get all screwed with the American ones.

My GF was totally amazed that I could simply hop into the driver seat in the UK and drive like I lived there.  bigthumbsup  When I hit the first roundabout leaving Heathrow she was looking around like she had no idea what I was doing or where I was going.  scared  It was Junction 4a of the M4 & A4. But I knew exactly where to go and how to get where I wanted.

Mark


User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3645 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

We have a roundabout in our town with stop signs at all the entry points... Ridiculous.

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2203 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 14):
The use of OU in every favORite word.

In the UK we've never seen the need to change "titbit" to "tidbit" because it might cause offence, or the entire "tit" family of birds to "chickadees" for the same reason.

You poor souls. Are you sure it isnt too nasty out there in the big wide world?  Wink  tongue  Big grin



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1588 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2188 times:

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 9):
...dental hygiene?

Fashion?

http://gamegirl.net/RedNeck%20with%20Viagra.jpg

Mark



All my life, I've been kissing, your top lip 'cause your bottom one's missing
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

Dont forget that the vast majority of Americans (99.9% of the US population) are overweight, McDonalds lifers who only eat big macs and freedom fries


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
25 Pe@rson : I think we're all missing the most obvious difference: the United Kingdom and the United States are spelled differently![Edited 2005-03-17 11:48:12]
26 Post contains images Skidmarks : We speak proper, like wot the Queen does, we eat with our mouths closed, we don't take the rest of the worlds fairy stories and present them as facts,
27 JGPH1A : In response to your aggressive and insulting comments, the aircraft carrier "Charles De Gaulle" will be despatched immediately to sink the Isle of Ma
28 SQA340 : There's a ton of differences between the United Kingdom and the United States: DRIVING UK- drives on the left US- drives on the right UK- narrow, clau
29 Post contains images Skidmarks : No SUV's? I think you may be wrong there young man. We even have a Black Hummer on the island!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UK is swarming in SUV and 4X4 wannabe's
30 Post contains images Flymia : SkidmarksP: Its okay France has annouced that they surrender. Anyway also words are different, like Lift for elevator. And also the first floor in a b
31 Banco : Well, if that's true, then they must have changed everything whilst I wasn't watching, because up until at least half an hour ago (when I last got ou
32 Post contains images JGPH1A : How do you post "mileage" in metric ? Is there such a thing as a metric mile ? Maybe the renamed the kilometer and didn't tell anyone. Bloody EU.
33 Catatonic : In America black people refer to themselves as Afro-American, in Britain they refer to themselves as English, Scottish, Northern Irish or if they are
34 Orion737 : We Brits spell correctly!
35 Jetjack74 : In America, we have cheaper gas!!!!!!! Oh wait, no we don't.
36 NWAFA : Brits have manners towrds people, most Yanks don't. Brits are in need of some dental assitance, Yanks spend too much on teeth. Those damn round-abouts
37 Post contains images SLC1 : Now that's unfair. I saw my share of fast food-eaters in the UK. Most people I know hate McDonald's and I have never once actually heard the term "fr
38 Post contains images Pe@rson : Well, some things ARE justifiable.     Don't forget that Britain is a very multicultural place, so you get an awful lot of things like curry, Itali
39 AA61Hvy : Hey Kirk-you're not exactly trim yourself.
40 SLC1 : Are you implying that the US is any different (especially in New York)? btw...I like English food, but that's me.
41 Post contains images Pe@rson : I am not implying anything. I am saying that there is little in the way of 'British' or 'English' food, but rather a lot of food from other countries
43 Post contains images Logan22L : UK: Beer is warm, women are cold. US: Beer is cold, women are hot. Logan
44 Post contains images Pe@rson : I agree. The US are the best in the world for being the main momentum in invaiding other countries for arguably unjustifable reasons. James.
45 NWAFA : Hear Hear Pe@rson, I agree with you on that! (wish it wasn't so, "NWFA bows head in shame")
46 Post contains images Christa : The UK has a good exchange rate, unlike the USA.. The UK also is made up of countries and a principality, unlike the USA which is made up of states. .
47 NWAFA : The US goes on vacations for holidays, the Brits go on holidays for vacations.
48 Post contains images Kieron747 : Hello, What is this myth that all ignorant Americans have about warm beer. OK, many English ales and bitters are served at just under room temperature
49 NWAFA : US has the best comedians in the world! Robin Williams Bob Hope Woopie Goldberg Ellen Degeneris (sp) Bill Meheyer US has the best TV shows in the worl
50 Post contains images JetService : We have a roundabout in Fort Wayne. Its affectionately known as 'The Idiot Circle' Also, we do have royals in the United States. They are in Kansas Ci
51 Post contains links SLC1 : Canadian Comedians: http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/Canadians/comedians.html
52 Logan22L : Kieron: Just perpetuating that myth. I spent a week and a half in England back in the 90s and I loved the beer and the temp. Keeps it a bit flatter s
53 Travelin man : As well as Rolls Royces and Range Rovers, the epitome of frugality!
54 Kieron747 : Not everone drived Rolls Royces you know... But touche! And those who drive Range Rovers about town that have never seen a speck of mud, they can all
55 Post contains images Jkw777 : I had to post after seeing this one! The people of the US actually know what good customer service is. The US public are much friendlier than the UK p
56 SLC1 : Uhh...since when? I was not informed.
57 Post contains images Planecrazy2 : British humour is the best, Little Britain makes me laugh every time I see it.
58 Kieron747 : I am, however, forced to agree on this point. I do find that people in the retail trade are more polite in North America. A classic example is the ph
59 Post contains images Jkw777 : Believe me, the customer service standard in the US is 100 times higher than it is over here!! Kieron747, That's practically why I said that. We do n
60 Arsenal@LHR : I do agree that customer service is excellent in the US, i walked into Wal Mart and Meijer several times and i was always greeted with "How's it going
61 SQA340 : You're right.. My apologies, I got it mixed up with France where they run on KM/H, or at least did back in 2001. You knew what I ment, I just worded
62 Post contains images Banco : We're all allowed to make a mistake...except on A.net, where if you do a hundred of us will pile in and tell you why you're an idiot. Mmm. Now there
63 FlyMIA : Pe@rson: The US is not multi Cultured? The US has some of the most multi Cultured cities in the world.NYC LA MIA Chicago. Miami has so much diversity
64 NWAFA : Hey Banco, Thats what I think of U.K. TV, its bloody awful....however after 3-4 beers it become tolerable to me.
65 Post contains images Banco : I'm almost the same. After three or four beers over your side I forget about the TV and start bitching about the beer. You know, one thing it does br
66 NWAFA : Your right Banco, the beer starts getting warm, so its bitching about that! I get a kick out of watching your evening news, some of the reports I find
67 Post contains images Banco : I once spent a very tiresome half an hour in Kennebunkport having ordered (out of curiosity) an "English ale" from the local micro-brewery. Do you kn
68 NWAFA : Thats what cable is for....some great tv!
69 Post contains images Banco : Like BBC America, you mean?
70 Post contains images SQA340 : I'd much rather watch a game show than an episode of Neighbours.
71 Post contains images Banco : Ah. Well, you might have got me there. Can I protest our innocence on the grounds that it is Australian and we just show it? Please? After all, you l
72 Post contains images JGPH1A : An "The Weakest Link" and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and "Big Brother" (although that admittedly was originally Dutch) and about every other pie
73 Post contains images SQA340 : Hey, we weren't the only ones to copy! There's a Canadian Idol as well and a whole lot of other countries have it, it spread like the Black Plague! T
74 Jasepl : Yeah. We've got it as well... Awful, awful stuff.
75 Mdsh00 : Haha. Indian Idol! I hear there is a big craze over that show right now.
76 Jasepl : It's got to be the crazies who are all over it! Sad thing is we've got 3 versions of the same thing running: Pop Idol, Indian Idol and American Idol.
77 Post contains images BMIFlyer : Hey, there are some Hot women in the UK as well you know Lee
78 Biggles20 : SQA340, For the sake of interest, it is either the "Black Death" or the "Great Plague" - both are plagues (and perhaps related to each other, i'm not
79 BA380 : British Women think British Men are tedious. American Women think we sound terribly sophsticated. And when I reveal that I went to the same school as
80 Post contains images Mdsh00 : I thought you guys call "sidewalk" a "footpath?" I actually played raquetball last night.
81 Post contains images Banco : Not exactly. The pavement is, obviously, paved, and is by the side of the road. A footpath (which can be the pavement) also covers a path through the
82 Mdsh00 : Here, pavement usually refers to the road itself, or sometimes a blacktop which is seen at almost every school in the US. A way to use it would be, "
83 Banco : So, you'd use pavement where we'd use "tarmac" for example?
84 Mdsh00 : I suppose so. I know here we don't call our roads "tarmac." That term is only for aviation.
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