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28 Things You'll Understand If You're Both British And American

Two passports and a creepy accent.

1. Chances are you're a dual citizen, and you feel way too proud of having two passports and feeling like a spy.

2. And you always feel smug in airports about being able to pick whichever queue is shortest.

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Until you inevitably let one passport expire.

3. Since you know both cultures pretty well, you can't help but laugh when Americans assume British men are all super classy.

The Sunday Sport

Oh, Mr Darcy!

4. But you also get defensive when people suggest Americans are somehow dumber than Brits.

Never forget that everyone across the world is equally stupid. 🌍 🌎 🌏

5. Or when Brits judge Americans for not travelling abroad, because just look at America!

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There's a lot to see without even leaving the country. That's just a casual, magnificent-ass waterfall in Yellowstone National Park.

6. In fact, it's weirder that British people don't travel more, given how many countries are RIGHT FUCKIN' THERE! / BuzzFeed

But when you're in the UK a two-hour journey is suddenly long distance.

7. You laugh when people say that everyone in Britain is very reserved.

Like in some ways, sure. But others...not.

8. You've spent more time than most people over this bit of Greenland.

Maybe someday you'll stop over for a visit.

9. You are trapped in a transatlantic nightmare of not knowing whether to greet people with hugs or handshakes or kisses.

And how many kisses? And where? And which side?

10. And if you ever got used to hugging people hello in America, the next time you were in Britain you probably made some people very unhappy.


Look, there are less ways to go wrong with a hug than a kiss, can we please all agree?

11. When Hershey's stopped the importation of proper Cadbury's to the US you became a chocolate smuggler for your friends and family in America.

*opens suitcase*

*100 Dairy Milk bars fall out*

12. You have a complicated relationship with the letter "u".

It's not your...favourite letter.

13. If you've been away for a while, American customer service always throws you off guard.

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Why is this person being so helpful and friendly? What do they want from me?

14. You have *methods* for getting British TV in America and American TV in Britain.


And you have a favourite crap reality show in each country.

15. You try to time your illnesses for when you're in the UK.

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Or at least plan for some sweet, sweet free birth control.

16. Whether your parents are British in America or American in Britain, emigrating probably enhanced their patriotism about whichever country they left.

They likely have strong opinions about healthcare, guns, or beans on toast.

17. Also, if you have British parents in America, they're probably pretty freaked out by American high school graduation ceremonies.

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And middle school graduation ceremonies, and elementary school graduation ceremonies, and preschool graduation ceremonies...

18. You know that British people just don't understand bagels.

If bagels were British (not pictured: people putting BUTTER ON PLAIN BAGELS AND THEN PUTTING THEM IN THEIR MOUTHS)

19. But also that Americans don't know how to drink.

Can we all establish that the pub near where I live has flooded and there's 2 guys drinking a pint like nouts wrong

20. (They also suck at tea obviously.)

Imagine falling in love with someone and then finding out they make cups of tea this colour

21. This is one of your most frequent Google searches, and it's usually heartbreaking.

Somehow it's always terrible no matter which direction you need it to be good.

22. Chances are your accent is not quite American enough or not quite British enough.

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People end up thinking you're either Irish or pretentious.

23. But if you sound American, British people have trouble knowing when you're being sarcastic, because it all comes out sincere.

I just can ever recognize the tone in an American accent .. You joking, laughing, serious talk, pissed of talk, sarcasm WHAAAT

This leads to them assuming you're dumb, mean, or both.

24. In any case, you often don't know what word belongs to what dialect.

I get by with a little help from my friends. @FloPerry

25. Not to mention that you have some very specific and strange gaps in your knowledge about BOTH countries.

Some British things I have taught/explained to my American housemate @hcjewell in the last few weeks: Boyzone, woodlouse, soured cream.

26. But on the plus side, you can call things (or people) either garbage, trash, OR rubbish depending on the specifics of the situation.

This wide and accurate vocabulary is very handy for when someone needs to get in the bin.

27. It's always exciting to meet someone with your exact same background.

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"Let's discuss flight prices and be best friends."

28. And whether you're flying from the US to the UK, or from the UK to the US, you always say you're flying "home".

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It's pretty cool to have a place to stay in two different countries.

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