18 Questions America Has About Britain, Answered By Brits

We asked the BuzzFeed Community what they find confusing about British culture, and Brits did their best to answer!
1.
“What are digestive biscuits?! Sounds like something to help Granny’s stubborn bowels or settle your Labrador’s stomach.
Pass. ✋”

Question via mickis4825408da

“They were originally marketed as a digestive aid, due to having sodium bicarbonate (an antacid) in them. They don’t any more.” – naomiw4bb4547cf

“Butter two of them and stick them together!” – meganlovegoodp

“Digestives are beautiful – they are literally the greatest biscuits.” – e4ce294f76

2.
“What does ‘u wot m8’ mean? I feel like they’re trying to communicate. But I don’t understand it.”

Question via l4412d61c6

“It basically means ‘what did you say/do?’ in response to something you perceive to be an insult, e.g. Tom says, ‘I fucked your sister last night.’ Peter responds with, ‘You fucking what, mate?'” – laurad4169b4382

3.
“Why aren’t there electrical outlets in bathrooms?”

Question via kalib4582368e4

“Because water conducts electricity.” – paulc437946d1b

“Because death, that’s why.” – sineadd43b285a07

“Because the power outage is different so there’s a higher chance of electrocution. It’s the law that they’re not allowed.” – jakem46e6f7aa7

4.
“Why do you call eggplant, zucchini, and cilantro by different names?”

Question by j413888f95

“Yeah we’re the odd ones.

Spanish (alberengena), French (aubergine), German (aubergine), Brits (aubergine), US…eggplant.

German (coriander), French (coriandre), Italian (coriandolo), Brits (coriander), US…cilantro.” – bulkan

5.
“Why do you insist on driving on the wrong side of the road?”

Question via Lex7d7

“It’s not the wrong side, it’s just different to the side Americans drive on.” – oliviapersaud

“It used to be that way pretty much everywhere when you’d mainly travel on horseback – you’d keep the reins in your left hand and greet the other traveller coming towards you with your right hand. You’d usually carry the sword on the left so you could draw it with your right hand. It just never changed.” – helialayla

6.
“Why do you guys usually say arse instead of ass?”

Question via nfumarola

“Because we have more clarse.” – jacquesporques

7.
“Why don’t you guys use top sheets? What do you do if it’s too warm for a duvet, but too cold to just sleep without covers?”

Question via llamagirl

“Top sheets are horrendous – duvets are just the most comfortable option.” – snowwhite97

“Because it’s never too warm…” – lauraf49234c770

8.
“Why are British people so apologetic?”

Question via janisakl

“We don’t know, sorry.” – BlondeDragon

9.
“Do you really like your universal healthcare, or is it a nightmare, full of the death panels that our elected leaders are so afraid of?”

Question via markd44201e6fa

“The NHS is in general just a bloody great thing. I’m so grateful to have a national health service in Britain!” – stephaniechanelb

“The NHS saved my mum’s life last summer. For free! It’s bloody brilliant!” – giselen

10.
“Why are slices of bread taller than the toaster slots?”

Question via htomliwydnam

“Turn the bread sideways.” – patsys4c577e97b

11.
“How are you simultaneously polite to a fault, yet with the ability to be shockingly cutting in your observations?”

Question via avcmurray

“Ah, the British talent for sarcasm. Our most highly treasured weapon.” – giselen

“Practice.” – kazw2

12.
“What is the actual proper way to prepare tea? I have heard a few varieties, but I must know the truth!”

Question via laurak45d2736e2

“You boil the kettle.

You put the teabag in the mug.

You put the hot water in the mug.

You stare at it for a bit.

You pour some milk in.

Then you get a teaspoon and take out the teabag.

And put some sugar in if you want.” – rhiannapadman

13.
“What do you have against air conditioning?”

Question from dannysbuzz

“It’s only warm enough for air conditioning about one week of the year so we don’t bother – buy a fan!” – mombi

“Instead of summer we have just two seasons: winter, and a little bit less winter.” – RooScc

14.
“What is morris dancing?”

Question via brookeb624.

“Morris dancing is a form of folk dancing accompanying music. People usually wear uniforms and bells to dance in. The dancing can involve hoops, swords or sticks and changes throughout the country.” – annie6785

“There’s a famous quote that one should try everything once, except incest and morris dancing.” – rumade

15.
“The most confusing part about living in Britain was seeing girls on a night out in short dresses – no coat or tights – IN THE DEAD OF WINTER. HOW?? *internally screaming*”

Question via jamieo48923d89e

“We have to pay to use coat rooms in nightclubs, usually about £1–2, so we leave them behind! We get used to it though.” – daisyo430acc546

“It’s a northern thing. Northern girls are hard.” – naomiw4bb4547cf

16.
“Does tea actually serve as a meal in some regions?”

Question via Rorycat

“In parts of the country (usually the northern bits) tea is the meal you eat in the evening as well as a drink. So you would eat breakfast, dinner, and tea.” – giselen

17.
“Why is tipping not really a thing? I tried to tip so many baristas in cafés and they would panic and nearly force me to take the extra change back.”

Question via maddieb48df4b28b

“Because our staff get paid wages that they can live on and some companies have policies that forbid staff from accepting tips.” – emmahardy

18.
“What do people who impersonate a British accent sound like to an actual Brit?”

Question by janisakl

“Cockney pirates that randomly slip into Queen’s English. Also known as twats.” – Alwlac

“Idiots.” – patsys4c577e97b

“Wankers.” – katrinam4dbb1068f

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