Thursday, January 7, 2010
Please Explain: American things I just don't get.
So I decided my packing installment will actually be my first vlog, since I will be able to jazz it up with music to make it less boring, and the planning it and messing around with editing will be a lovely distraction from the fact that I leave the country in LESS THAN A WEEK! HOLYcrap!
In my preparation to leave I've been reading up on the American way of life. Australian's often call us the 'Mini America', however in my research I have noticed some severe differences. I'm hoping to understand these and embrace them in my time in the beautiful country, and some things I kind of understand, however, these are the things I just don't get.
(Please note that I in no way want to offend any residents of the USA with this list! I am generally curious, and would be happy to explain why we Australians do things that may seem odd to you!)
Fanny and Root - do Americans not realise these are hilarious and slightly dirty words? They most certainly do NOT mean bum or to cheer for a team. I don't see myself not giggling whenever I hear these used.
Mobile phone charges (sorry, cell!) - Firstly, why is it called a cell in America? Mobile makes more sense to me, since it's a phone that is mobile, but I'm sure there is a reason behind the name. The thing I really don't get is, IN AMERICA YOU HAVE TO PAY IF SOMEONE CALLS OR TEXTS YOU!!! I don't think I will ever get my head around this. If someone texts you, you have to pay money! Why!? That's so mean! It's like stealing money! I don't get it and I would really love to know why that system is in place.
Supersize - Yes I will do this, once, for the novelty, but really... why? Our large cups are the size of an american small and I can't even finish that. Large serving sizes are something I will definitely have to get used to.
Spelling stuff with a z - Realize (should be realise) for example. What was wrong with the original way of spelling? It's all English.
U.S. customary units - Why you would want your weight to be a LARGE number I have no idea. Here over at the metric system I'm in double digits, and it feels GOOD.
Driving on the right side of the road - Okay so this is one where I just think every country should pick a side and stick to it. Why confuse people, why can't we all drive on the same side of the road, be it left or right.
Green money $$ - Why is all the money the same colour? That's confusing. (Also, back to spelling, why drop the u from colour America?)
When I meet Obama I'm going to have a nice list of suggestions for him.
As wacky and crazy as reading about America has made it seem, I am just so excited to meet the people and learn the reasoning behind all these funny things!
Until next time, I'm off to get a sore fanny from sitting in the stands rooting for my team.
Haha... so dirty...
HAVE A MAGICAL DAY!
Posted by Jackie Ohhhh at 5:37 AM