Humour: when I make a sarcastic joke, no one finds it funny here.
British love of tea: Americans don't fix their problems with cups of tea
Portions of food: everything I know about how the size of meals and courses in England is irrelevant here.
|Ordering a 'light salad' and being presented with a bucket size bowl of infinity can be quite a surprise|
Money: rather than the Chip&Pin system we have in Europe, America uses a Swipe&Sign system instead. In addition, dollar bills and American coins all look too similar to me. I still embarassingly have to ask the cashier to help me go through my purse, because "I still haven't learnt the money".
When people ask you "how you doin'?", they don't actually want you to tell them how you're doing. Which incidentally is uncannily similar to the London "Alright?"
|The correct way of responding to "How you doin'?" would be: "Hey. How you doin'?"|
American's don't binge drink from 6pm on Friday evening until 4am on Sunday morning.
|Binge drinking is for alcoholics and the homeless, not for 18 year olds and university students.|
The sheer size of everything here: shops, roads, cars, houses, malls, highways, cities... everything
|You can go to a shop and buy bananas and bikes under the same roof if you want to here!|
I get strange looks when I ask where the "toilet" is.
|The correct term here would be "restroom" or "bathroom"|
Hearing words like 'bangs', 'bleachers', 'cell phone', 'co-ed', 'eggplant', 'chips', 'sidewalk'
|Momentary confusion before sudden realisation|
Pants vs Trousers: no one says trousers in America and pants don't mean underwear
|The confusion and horror when someone mentions my "pants"|