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Inspired by @Snao Cone @Marsa and @MiraMeyneth’s topics.

 

What do you find weird about the UK? 
 

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Una Salus Victus

Having your laundry in the kitchen instead of the laundry.

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Gloomy

Calling dinner “tea”.

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Bzztoh

What not? 😉

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Paca ermito

Everything being closed on Sunday.  (At least, that's how it was when I was there in the late 90s.)

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Marsa

Not to start a political debate.. but most everything surrounding Brexit 😜

 

Oh and I think it's weird that people who are living/working in the UK and are citizens of another commonwealth country (e.g. Canada, Australia) can vote in UK elections, but people from the EU who have been living/working there for years cannot. 

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OptimisticPessimist

@Paca ermito Most places now are open on Sundays. 

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Darth Plagueis the Wise

Not having chickenpox vaccines be standard practice to help deal with shingles (both are caused by the same virus, which never fully leaves the body and shingles is simply chickenpox resurfacing).

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Duke Memphis

The switch of "cookie" and "biscuit" relative to their American meanings. Your crisps are our chips, and your chips are our fries.

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Una Salus Victus
12 minutes ago, Duke Memphis said:

Your crisps are our chips, and your chips are our fries.

To make it more confusing for everyoen else, both are chips :P

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RoseGoesToYale
1 hour ago, Paca ermito said:

Everything being closed on Sunday.

That's also a US deep south thing, too.

 

Driving on the left side of the road.

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kelico

THIS.

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lazypanda

The fact that they managed to put up with the Markle woman for so long....

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Iam9man

That sending kids off to be bullied and emotionally destroyed at boarding school is still seen as the pinnacle of a good education.

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Christmace_liv
4 hours ago, Paca ermito said:

Everything being closed on Sunday.  (At least, that's how it was when I was there in the late 90s.)

Most still do 

4 hours ago, Marsa said:

Not to start a political debate.. but most everything surrounding Brexit 😜

 

Spoiler

I personally think that it’s a mess for the sake of creating a mess

 

Edited by Christmace_liv
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Arodash

Why are sweaters called Jumpers? Why is dessert called pudding?? 

Why is mold in homes called damp?

 

And why on earth did they force American colonists to house British soldiers AND put extra taxes on their tea? Harmph I say! Lol jk I love my neighbors accross the pond

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Arodash

Also I find school uniforms for public schools weird, I know some states in the US do but its rare

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Skycaptain

@Arodash

 

Sweaters and jumpers are different things. If they're knitted they're jumpers, if they're woven they're sweaters, whereas if they fasten at the front they're cardigans. 

British houses are generally too small to have a laundry 

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Unknown member

Eating bacon for breakfast

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Arodash
1 hour ago, Cocothecoconut said:

Eating bacon for breakfast

How is that weird?? I have bacon with every breakfast

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Arodash
1 hour ago, Skycaptain said:

@Arodash

 

Sweaters and jumpers are different things. If they're knitted they're jumpers, if they're woven they're sweaters, whereas if they fasten at the front they're cardigans. 

British houses are generally too small to have a laundry 

Whattttttttttttt lol over here a knitted sweater is still called a sweater, where does the name jumper come from?

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Unknown member
27 minutes ago, Arodash said:

How is that weird?? I have bacon with every breakfast

I think it’s because the country where i come from don’t eat bacon for breakfast but only for like lunch or dinner. 

So i think that’s the reason why i find it weird. 

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Skycaptain
8 minutes ago, Arodash said:

Whattttttttttttt lol over here a knitted sweater is still called a sweater, where does the name jumper come from?

I don't know, but we also call them pull-overs 

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Luftschlosseule

From what I've read here: Not having a laundry might be an European thing, as we in Germany mostly don't have one, either. And stores are all closed because catholizism.

What I find weird are marmalades, jellies and chutneys. I've had the differences explained to me, but, well... dunno.

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Yoruka
7 hours ago, kelico said:

THIS.

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That's a weird thing here?

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daveb
5 hours ago, Arodash said:

jumper

In the US a jumper is a sleeveless/collarless dress meant to be worn over a top with sleeves.

 

As for the history of the word, I found this: http://www.word-detective.com/2009/09/jumper-sweater/

(warning for humo(u)r)

 

And with less humor:

https://www.etymonline.com/word/jumper

https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/jumper

 

Basically, they think it derives from French, "jupe", (where it transformed to mean a skirt), possibly by way of Scots dialect, and there originally meant (maybe still does?) a short coat or loose jacket/tunic.

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PoeciMeta

Food? :P:D

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Arodash
6 hours ago, Skycaptain said:

I don't know, but we also call them pull-overs 

Yeah we call them that too

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Arodash
6 hours ago, Cocothecoconut said:

I think it’s because the country where i come from don’t eat bacon for breakfast but only for like lunch or dinner. 

So i think that’s the reason why i find it weird. 

That leads me to this question, in your country what do you normally eat for breakfast?

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Arodash
6 hours ago, Luftschlosseule said:

From what I've read here: Not having a laundry might be an European thing, as we in Germany mostly don't have one, either. And stores are all closed because catholizism.

What I find weird are marmalades, jellies and chutneys. I've had the differences explained to me, but, well... dunno.

Thats really interesting, here in the states it various! I have lived in houses, which arent very big, but have their own laundry a lot of times its connected to the primary bathroom, but I have also lived in houses in which the laundry is right there in my kitchen. 

 

Marmalade tends to be a presserve made from citrus fruits like oranges

 

Jellies and Jams tend to be presserves made of berries

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