Being a Brit who has visited the
1. Don’t forget that there are alligators, snakes and giant insects roaming loose in the neighbourhood. Even if the Floridians think this is normal, it is not.
2. Remember that under no circumstances should you say: “smoking a fag”, as it means something very different in the
3. Don’t forget that you can eat pancakes all year round in the
and not just on Shrove Tuesday. Yum yum. USA
4. Don’t forget that the weather is predictably sunny in
. You do not need to take a jacket or a jumper out with you, just in case the weather turns bad. They do not have rain, sunshine, hail, wind, sleet, snow, and fog all in one day, like they do in Florida . Britain
5. Don’t spend two weeks searching for coriander in the supermarkets. There is no herb of that name in the
. If you want to make a curry, look for something called cilantro. It looks and smells like coriander and is in fact, coriander, but it is called by a completely different name. Do not attempt to pronounce oregano the way that the Americans do. USA
6. Don’t forget that when an American in the
Deep South says that he’s been saved, it doesn’t mean that someone has stopped him from drowning, or prevented him from scoring a goal at football – he means that he has found the Lord.
7. Don’t forget to leave a tip every time you go to the bar and buy a beer. Remember that the
is the most generous tipping culture in the world and that they thrust dollars at people just for looking in their general direction – okay that’s a slight exaggeration. USA
8. Remember that Americans usually drink out of small beer bottles and European 500cl bottles are relatively rare. Do not imply that American men are less manly because of this.
9. Don’t forget that the day after Christmas is just another day in the
and the term, “Boxing Day” does not exist. USA
10. Do not attempt to use the phrases: “in a strop”, “dustbin men”, or refer to a “yard” as a “garden”, as you will get blank or funny looks.
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