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Old 04-27-2006, 04:55 PM   #1
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Things Americans don't get about us

Well, we've had Zootle's thread about things they don't get about American culture so (to even things up a bit) here's the Americans' chance to rant on about the things THEY don't get about the rest of the world (yeah, I know it's a big place but you get more to rant on about that way, which is always a good thing, right? )
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I know but I felt guilty about ranting on about USA and they all just sat there for the most part and took it.
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Why does UK English consistently come up with better new slang words than we come up with using our American English?

I mean, I've got nothing against the vast majority of US slang, but I always feel like our better halves across the pond have got a better handle on these matters. Why, pray tell, might this be?
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i don't get why baseball is compared to cricket (maybe I'm ranting about both sides of the ocean here) from what I've seen of the game, they're nothing alike...at all
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I'm staying out of this one.
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and proper spelling
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why do you hate us
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I'm preparing myself for all the anti-cricket / anti-rest-of-world-spelling comments.
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Why does UK English consistently come up with better new slang words than we come up with using our American English?

I mean, I've got nothing against the vast majority of US slang, but I always feel like our better halves across the pond have got a better handle on these matters. Why, pray tell, might this be?
I think it sounds alot better with an english accent, I heard this kid here in California say " bloody wanker", and it just doesnt sound right.
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http://www.coolcanuckaward.ca/joe_canadian.htm

Hey, I'm not a lumberjack, or a fur trader....
I don't live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled....
and I don't know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada,
although I'm certain they're really really nice.

I have a Prime Minister, not a president.
I speak English and French, not American.
And I pronounce it 'about', not 'a boot'.

I can proudly sew my country's flag on my backpack.
I believe in peace keeping, not policing,
diversity, not assimilation,
and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal.
A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch,
and it is pronounced 'zed' not 'zee', 'zed' !!!!

Canada is the second largest landmass!
The first nation of hockey!
and the best part of North America

My name is Joe!!
And I am Canadian!!!



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I wasn't saying I don't like cricket, i just don't get the comparison
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I wasn't saying I don't like cricket, i just don't get the comparison
I wasn't referring to you, I actually didn't even see that you'd posted something about cricket. From experience, a lot of Americans who've never even watched a full match of cricket are quick to put it down.

As for your comment, well, they've both got bats and balls... I don't know, I suppose they are unfairly compared at times. If you REALLY want to compare an American sport with a Commonwealth sport, you'd probably have to go with baseball and rounders.

I think rounders is absolutely stupid, by the way.
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