13 Things British People Do That Americans Will Never Understand


1. Shower Doors

For some reason, the Brits only need half a glass door for their showers, and rarely ever use shower curtains. This makes for an easily-flooded bathroom.

2. Faucets

It’s unclear whether this is just an attempt at being contrarian, but most of the shower faucets I’ve come across in London have the hot on the right side and the cold on the left.

3. Indoor Heating

They don’t seem to require this as much as we do back in the States. However, the weird thing about this is that many British bathrooms will have heated floors and/or heated towel racks.

4. The Right Of Way

As a pedestrian in London, you don’t have the right of way. Which is always beneficial if you’re looking to get run over.

5. Their Weird-Ass Phrases And Terms

Fancy Dress = Costumes
Pants = Underpants
Jumper = Sweater

6. Tipping

It’s sort of seen as taboo, if slightly offensive, to tip a waiter or a waitress. But this also applies to the whole of Europe and is a custom Americans should really consider adopting.

7. University

Why is “Uni” only three years? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but seriously why?

8. One Direction

Young British girls’ obsession with One Direction borders on disturbing fanaticism. Did you know that “Baby Lux” has over 1 million followers? Do you even know who Baby Lux is? It’s the 2-year-old daughter of One Direction’s hair stylist. Don’t say I never taught you anything.

9. HMV

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So remember HMV, the record store that provided gift certificates for 8-year-olds everywhere back in the day? Well in London, it still exists. Same pink logo and everything. Except it’s been re-appropriated as a store that doesn’t sell anything music-related, but rather defunct furniture and stolen-looking items. It is strange to say the least.

10. Boxing Day

In the UK, they need a day off to wrap presents. I respect this.

11. Drinking

They have a rare tenacity when it comes to drinking alcohol. They like to go to the pub directly after work and only occasionally eat dinner.

12. Pronunciations

To Americans, the Brits pronounce words very strangely. Some examples are “vitamins” and “aluminum.”

13. Food

They have a penchant for what Americans deem to be odd, inedible-sounding and -looking foods such as baked beans, marmite and pickled fish. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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