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    Updated on 17 May 2020. Posted on 18 Nov 2019

    18 Things Australians Do That Americans Can't Get Their Head Around

    What does “punching a dart” even mean?

    1. First off, Americans get very confused about what language Australians are actually speaking.


    Everyone from nail techs to acquaintances and friends of friends wonder what language you’re actually speaking. And funnily enough, English isn’t their first guess.

    2. They’re completely weirded out by the concept of canned spaghetti and toast, which is one of Australia’s greatest innovations.

    Australia: spaghetti for breakfast! Me: sure, why not? Australia: On toast! Me: I'm calling the police #thanksaustralia

    Spag on toast is an unmatched culinary experience that everyone needs to try at least once in their life.

    3. It’s hard for them to understand that biscuits in Australia are sweet and usually served with a cup of tea.

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    FYI America — biscuits are NOT savoury scones and shouldn’t be served at dinner. Well, at least not in Australia.

    4. And that fairy bread is single-handedly one of Australia’s greatest contributions to the world.

    I just learned about fairy bread and let me just tell you I am kinkshaming. Bread, butter, and sprinkles (hundreds and thousands?) like at least use frosting or something instead of butter for god's sake. it's just uncooked toast with sprinkles thrown on there why? why australia?

    Nothing, and I repeat NOTHING, is better than hundreds and thousands sprinkled on some fresh, white bread that has been smothered in butter.

    5. Americans prefer their pastries sweet, so when it comes to things like the humble meat pie and good ‘ole sausage roll, it’s almost too much to handle.

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    The perfect choice for any meal, sausage rolls are beloved by Australians for their buttery, flaky layers of pastry and range of yummy fillings. They’re also one of the most ergonomic and efficient on-the-go meals. Long may they reign.

    6. If there’s one thing that Americans can’t get their heads around, it’s Australian slang.


    "Righto mate, we're goin' for a Macca's brekky run, then off to Nandos for a feed, cos mum’s cooked sausi rolls for dinner and they're rank. Don't forget, we need to stop at the servo for some durries, but avoid the Tulla cos it's chokkers at 6 p.m. and nothin' winds me up like c*nts on the freeway." — Every Australian.

    7. Phrases like “punching darts” and “having a durry” sound fake to them.


    *Rolls eyes.* It means going to have a cigarette, duh.

    8. Americans can't work out why we keep pressuring celebrities to drink out of their shoes.

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    Screaming out for your fav celebs to “Do a shoey!" might come as second nature to an Aussie, but I gotta tell ya — most Americans are completely grossed out by the concept of people drinking beers out of their shoes. Can't imagine why.

    9. And they have trouble accepting that most nicknames end in “azza”.

    The only thing I’ve learned since living in Australia is it doesn’t really matter if you know how to pronounce someone’s name, just use their first letter and end it in azza, oz, ez or -o

    Dazza, Bazza and my personal favourite, Shazza.

    10. Oh, and AC/DC? Yeah nah, they’re known as Acca Dacca in Australia.

    From Wikipedia: "AC/DC is pronounced one letter at a time, though the band are colloquially known as "Acca Dacca" in Australia." ACCA DACCA?! Australia you have finally gone too far

    Best known for their classic hit, "It's a long way to the shop if you want a sausage roll."

    11. Another thing that Americans struggle to grasp is how Australia celebrates Christmas during summer.

    An Australian Christmas Haiku; Tis nearly Christmas We are melting holy shit yeah nah mate its hot

    Yeah, we don’t get to have a “white Christmas”. But having icy cold beers, a BBQ, fresh seafood and pavlovas on Xmas day is SO much better.

    12. For some reason they believe that Australia is a sunny paradise all year round, when that is clearly not the case.

    13. They’re baffled when they find out that we eat kangaroo, aka one of our national animals.

    14. And while the time difference means Australia is technically in the future, we always get all the good things last.


    Excited for a new movie? It'll be months before it's released here. Need to watch the finale of your favourite TV show? Good luck. Trying to download a large file? Put aside a couple of days.

    15. They don't understand why Australians aren't as obsessed with Halloween as they are. Three words: Magpie swooping season.

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    In yet another edition of “Everything In Australia Is Trying To Kill You”, we present to you: Swooping Season. Every time spring rolls around, magpies become extremely aggressive during breeding season. Any passerby, whether they're a pedestrian or cyclist, is at risk of being swooped, attacked and terrorized by these terrifying birds. So, really, who needs Halloween?

    16. Don't even get Americans started on the metric system.

    Absolutely panicking at the deli counter trying to do imperial to metric conversions so I don't ask for 6 kilos of prosciutto again. Keep your damn Commonwealth snickering to yourself.

    The old metric versus imperial system is something we all know about. But asking an American deli attendant for 500g of sliced gouda is a one-way ticket to the back of the line.

    17. They can't fathom why Australians think lemonade and Sprite are the same thing.

    me normally: being a prescriptivist towards language is nonsense, as language is always changing, evolving me when someone says sprite is lemonade: let's rumble motherfucker

    Lemonade made out of lemons is a rare thing to come across in Australia, so we decided to make the word more of an umbrella term. Sprite, Pub Squash and Bundaberg fizzy drinks are all lemonade.

    18. And finally, they just can’t understand why our nation’s favourite Sunday lunch is available at the local hardware store

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