The 15 Most Socially Awkward Moments For A Brit In New York

Awkwardness knows no geographical boundaries.

1. Tipping.

Is this enough? Is it too much? I have to tip for EVERY drink? It’s enough to make you stay in your hotel room. Though you have to tip the bartender there too.

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2. Asking people to move when they’re standing on the left of an escalator.

Turns out the whole ‘Please stand on the right’ thing isn’t so big in NY.

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3. When people demand to hear your American accent.

Do I have to?

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4. And when they proudly show off their British accent, which sounds an awful lot like Crocodile Dundee.

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5. When someone uses the word fanny, and you think they’re being terribly rude.

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6. Most of Manhattan uses a one-way system, so you can never be sure whether you have to look right or left.

This is a constant danger.

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7. When you’re speaking the Queen’s English and no one has any clue what you’re saying.

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8. When strangers smile at you.

What do they want? Am I about to be mugged? What’s the number for 911?!

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9. When you don’t give enough money because you forgot to add VAT to the bill.

Dinner shouldn’t be a maths lesson — can’t you just tell us the full amount?

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10. Or when you over/underpay because you gave them a $1 bill instead of a $50 bill.

WHY ARE THEY THE SAME SIZE AND COLOUR?! And yeah, I put a ‘U’ in colour.

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11. Looking at the subway map and finally understanding how those confused tourists trying to use the tube feel.

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12. When you stop and stare at the endless skyscrapers like you’ve never seen anything but thatched cottages.

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13. When you go for drinks with Americans but drink like you’re still in Britain.

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14. When people tell you they’ve got relatives in Britain and ask if you know them.

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15. When you try to order a cup of tea in a coffee shop.

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Robin Edds is special projects editor at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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