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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.

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

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.
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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.

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.
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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.

Where I come from it's another word for vagina. Fun fact: We also call fanny packs, bum bags.
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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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5. That you use the word restroom as well as bathroom.

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

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.
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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.

To me, biscuits are your cookies!
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To me, biscuits are your cookies!

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

We only call pies, pies.
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We only call pies, pies.

9. That this divisive herb is called cilantro.

That, my friend, is coriander in my eyes.
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That, my friend, is coriander in my eyes.

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

Brrrrrm.
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Brrrrrm.

11. That these things are called trash cans.

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

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

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

I have been burned so many times.
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I have been burned so many times.

14. That you call this jelly instead of jam.

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

Why not just say "university"?
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Why not just say "university"?

16. And that this is a cell phone.

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

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