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16 Things Americans Say That Seriously Confuse The Rest Of The World

The words and phrases that hurt my Australian brain.

1. That you call the course before your main meal an appetizer and the main course the entrée.

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Entrée is a French word and is literally defined as "the act or manner of entering." It's commonly used around the world to describe the first or "entrance" dish to a meal.

2. That you call your smallest mattress size a twin even though it can only fit one person.

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In Australia we call this size of bed a single, which makes a lot of sense tbh. We then have a double, which is your full size.

3. That fanny is another way to say butt or bum.

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Where I come from it's another word for vagina. Fun fact: We also call fanny packs, bum bags.

4. That you call fuel "gas" even though it's definitely a liquid and not a gas.

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¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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5. That you use the word restroom as well as bathroom.

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This is a minor one, but I've definitely got some ~looks~ when asking where the toilet is in restaurants.

6. That you call these bangs.

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I was always perplexed by the whole bangs thing in TV shows and movies growing up, until I realized it's what Americans call a fringe.

7. That to you, these are biscuits.

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To me, biscuits are your cookies!

8. And that you can refer to a whole pizza as a pie.

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We only call pies, pies.

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9. That this divisive herb is called cilantro.

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That, my friend, is coriander in my eyes.

10. That this is a truck, not a ute.

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Brrrrrm.

11. That these things are called trash cans.

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Even after three months living in the US the one thing I can't stop saying is "bin."

12. That you wear sweaters and sweatshirts when it's cold.

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In Australia we call both of these things a jumper. Idk why??

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13. And that if you order a lemonade, you WILL ABSOLUTELY NOT get a Sprite.

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I have been burned so many times.

14. That you call this jelly instead of jam.

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I would call out your love for PB&J but I won't because I know Vegemite is probably equally as confusing.

15. That you use the word "college" so much, even when you go to a university.

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Why not just say "university"?

16. And that this is a cell phone.

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Calling a mobile phone a ~cell~ is honestly the most American thing I can think of.

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