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to wonder what American-isms people actually like?

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DragonWithAGirlTattoo Thu 02-Jul-15 18:21:15

just been watching the forum, and noticed that a lot of people dont like 'prom' (even though i think its just a leavers disco with a different name)

or baby showers (totally agree here!)
or halloween ( hmm )

what about gifts for teachers? is that an american import? i'm pretty sure when i was in school in the 70/80s we didnt do that....

MarchLikeAnAnt Thu 02-Jul-15 18:22:29

Fast food grin

chibi Thu 02-Jul-15 18:23:36

Those kinds of threads 'ugh look at this American shite' are hilarious- poor deluded people who think they are somehow compelled to adopt American customs (usually ineptly)

Meanwhile Americans could not give a shit what Brits do or don't copy from them

WorraLiberty Thu 02-Jul-15 18:25:41

I like Halloween

I like massive garish Christmas decorations/lights

I like fast food (especially with delivery option)

I don't like the lavishness of the 'proms', so preferred the old school leavers discos.

I hate baby showers with a passion because I think they're so indulgent and grabby.

NashvilleQueen Thu 02-Jul-15 18:26:23

I really like those signs in shop windows which say

'Yes, we are open'

I always read them in my head in a passive aggressive voice

Aside from that I love a lot of their music, film, TV and literature. It's also an incredibly beautiful country and I would love to live there just for a little bit.

BoyScout Thu 02-Jul-15 18:27:05

MacDonalds
Disney
Coke
Films
TV
Lots of things!

WorraLiberty Thu 02-Jul-15 18:27:24

Oh and I hate the where there's blame there's a claim culture too.

I'm not sure if that came from America though.

DrankSangriaInThePark Thu 02-Jul-15 18:30:15

I quite like the fact they liberated Europe from fascism a couple of decades back....wink
And come the zombie apocalypse I want Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel in charge of Sorting Things Out.

tabulahrasa Thu 02-Jul-15 18:32:02

Halloween isn't American though, it's always happened in a pretty similar way in Scotland, Ireland and the north of England.

Just to be pedantic, lol.

PecanThief Thu 02-Jul-15 18:32:53

Little kids saying 'Yes ma'am'. I think it sounds so great.

Service with a smile.

Manners in general. After skiing there we never wanted to go back to Europe. People shouted a warning they were overtaking rather than snowboarding over the back of your skis. lift operators chatted and asked how your holiday was, whilst getting everyone on in an orderly fashion, rather than everyone pushing and shoving and the operator treating you as though you were something disgusting on their shoe and you had a cheek to be anywhere near their lift. Yes, French Alps, I'm looking at you!

ZaZathecat Thu 02-Jul-15 18:34:23

I like saying "Seriously???" a la Breaking Bad etc.

MamaLazarou Thu 02-Jul-15 18:34:35

Blues. Thank you, America!

ZaZathecat Thu 02-Jul-15 18:35:49

...I wish everyone would stop saying 'butt' though!

DragonWithAGirlTattoo Thu 02-Jul-15 18:36:06

re the Halloween inclusion, i know what you mean about it not being an import, i meant the over hyping of it like a 'holiday' type thing...

ZaZathecat Thu 02-Jul-15 18:36:25

Nashville (the series)

AmberFool Thu 02-Jul-15 18:39:27

I just wish that we could drive up to an ATM machine and get our cash out whilst in the car, as opposed to finding a car park space, paying for space and getting soaked just to get a bit of cash out.

plutonimum Thu 02-Jul-15 18:41:01

"Cool" is admirable! No-one can argue with "coool"...

AmberFool Thu 02-Jul-15 18:43:24

Friendliness - generally speaking obviously. You can strike up a conversation with anyone really in the States.

TyneTeas Thu 02-Jul-15 18:43:54

Pumpkins are much easier to carve than turnips at Hallowe'en

helzapoppin2 Thu 02-Jul-15 18:50:23

Service industries, like "DoodyCalls", which would nip round and clear up the dog doo in your backyard.
Power tools. Leaf blowers, snow blowers, and somebody to operate them.
My goodness I became lazy!

SquinkiesRule Thu 02-Jul-15 18:53:29

Customer service they are so much better at it.
Drive though everything, so much easier when your baby has finally fallen asleep in the car and no way are you getting out to run into the bank, coffee shop to keep you awake driving chemist shop or Fast food restaurant.

Tuskerfull Thu 02-Jul-15 18:54:37

I love over the top American customer service with the "ma'am" and strange phrasing that only somebody reading from a script would use. I just love responding in kind ("no, thank you, that is everything I needed from you today, I won't be requiring any further help Mr American Call Man") and getting the job done quickly.

SquinkiesRule Thu 02-Jul-15 18:55:47

My older kids still say "Seriously?" Hella and Dude, they have been in UK for quite a long time now. I like hearing those.

nilbyname Thu 02-Jul-15 18:58:10

The service you get and the manners. Americans on the whole I have found to be gregarious, friendly, articulate and well mannered. I loved living there!

Can do attitude
Outdoorsy
Ranch dressing
Fast food, especially in and out burger

Lots of good films/Pop culture

Red laces licorice

ratsintheattic Thu 02-Jul-15 18:58:15

I wish we would import Thanksgiving. it sounds great.

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