20 Factors Fueling Our Love-Hate Relationship With Americans

Ah, Americans. You can hear them before you see them, and you can’t help but both chuckle and cringe at their quirks. With their endearing yet slightly baffling ways, here’s a look at why they keep us British perpetually amused and occasionally bemused.

1. Volume Levels

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Their inside voice is our shouting at a football match. Subtlety in volume is apparently not an American forte.

2. Unbridled Enthusiasm

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Their boundless enthusiasm for the mundane is both bewildering and slightly enviable. “Amazing!” they say, about a sandwich.

3. Super-Sized Everything

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If it exists, America has a version that’s three times bigger. Because why have less when you can have more and then some?

4. Tipping Everyone

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In America, everyone gets a tip, turning every payment transaction into a math problem.

5. The “World” Series

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It’s charming they think “world” means America. Bless.

6. Imperial System

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Feet, inches, pounds? The metric system is too mainstream, apparently.

7. Manifest Destiny

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American Exceptionalism might be more palatable if it were just slightly less… exceptional.

8. Film Finishes

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Every film must wrap up with a neat, happy bow. Because unresolved endings are for Europeans, obviously.

9. Over-Politeness

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Their politeness can be so over-the-top it loops right back around to seeming insincere. “Have a nice day!” Sure, but why the pressure?

10. Coffee Orders

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Their coffee orders are longer than some of our literature. Ever heard of tea, straightforward and simple?

11. Accents

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Their accents turn English into a bold, brash cousin who’s had one too many at the pub. Enthusiastic, but slightly off.

12. Tourist Attire

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Their holiday uniform—white sneakers, shorts, and baseball caps. It’s like they dress to be spotted from space.

13. Flag Enthusiasm

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Is there a square inch of the moon where they haven’t planted a flag?

14. Fast Food Domination

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They’ve exported fast food as if it were gourmet cuisine. Ever tried fish and chips, the proper way?

15. Business Jargon

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Their love of corporate jargon could fill a dictionary. Let’s not leverage anything; we’re having tea.

16. Reality Television

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Turning life’s every folly into showbiz; because why live a quiet life when you can dramatize it for ratings?

17. Patriotism

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It’s just a tad over the top. We like our country too, we just don’t feel the need to sing about it so often.

18. The American Dream

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Always striving for happiness can be exhausting from just a spectator’s point of view.

19. The Permanent Smile

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That ever-present grin—do their cheeks not ache?

20. They’re Actually Quite Lovely

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Perhaps the most frustrating thing is, despite all this, Americans are often genuinely warm and friendly, making it rather difficult to maintain a proper British reserve.

An Affectionate Nod

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For all their idiosyncrasies, life would be decidedly duller without our American cousins. Their quirks keep things lively, even if they do baffle the stiff upper lip from time to time. Here’s to enjoying the spectacle!

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