USA vs UK

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Language

American English vs. British English

Lifestyle

Food

Money

  • Paper money in the US is all green and white regardless of magnitude. In the UK (and Europe, India & Canada) the different magnitudes have different colored paper art.
  • In UK and Canada, coins display the Queen's head

Public

  • US public bathrooms cleaner than UK, more easily available, but the cubicles have wide gaps at the hinges!

Products

  • In UK the public can purchase fireworks from a local convenience store. In the US it is illegal to sell fireworks to the public.
  • No half size shopping trollies in US
  • In US, no such thing as mansize tissue
  • In US, toilet paper is really bad quality (even best brands)
  • small cars are more common in the UK
  • In the USA there are no concentrate drinks (Ribena, Squash)
  • In US, no meat flavored potato chips

Beds

Chocolate

  • The range of chocolates available in the US is much smaller
  • Cadbury's basic chocolate bars are available in the US, but they do not taste as good as Cadbury's UK products in the UK (where Cadbury's headquarters are)
    • Cadbury's in the US is a subsidiary or Hershey's, and the quality of their chocolate is inferior to that of the UK
  • US sweet snacks like cakes, cookies and ice cream or high fat snacks such as potato chips or pretzels are eaten more commonly than chocolate bars.
  • Very few Mars products are sold in the US. Snickers and Twix is sold in the US. Mars and Galaxy are not sold in the US.
    • Dove packaging is somewhat like Galaxy but doesn't taste as good.

Speech

  • People in the US say 'yep' or 'sure' or 'ahah' when you thank them, which doesn't make much sense semantically. In the UK it is more common to say 'no problem' or 'you're welcome' which makes more sense.


Stores

  • In UK and Canada, but not USA
    • Virgin
    • HMV
    • Nandos

Newsagents

  • Newsagents are not common in the US (except at airports). Wide magazine ranges are only obtainable at bookstores or grocery stores.

Supermarkets

  • Supermarkets in the US are smaller

Travel

Cars

  • The steering wheel is on the left of a car

Roads

  • Different sides of the road are separated by yellow lines in the US
  • People drive on the right hand side of a road
  • Freeway entrances and exists are often loops in the US, while they are raised bridges in the UK
  • Crossing at arbitrary points of a road on foot is illegal, and called 'Jay Walking', but is the norm in the UK (and India).
    • If you do J Walk and a car is approaching, it will slow down and let you finish crossing in the US. If you try that in the UK you will get seriously injured.
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