Things Other Countries Describe As 'American' That Are Hilarious

Written by Beatriz Sanchez
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In the strange world of Reddit, redditor GeneralLeeStones posed a question that concerns every American, ‘Hey Europeans, in America we have things like French kiss, Swedish massage or English tea. What are some things named after America that we might not realize?’

  • Turns out
  • A LOT
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And let’s just say the responses didn’t disappoint. In fact, people from countries far beyond Europe decided to pitch in, so the answers are as strange as they are unexpected.

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Here are our 16 favorites. Enjoy them--and try not to get offended by some of them.

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In Austria, diners call their burgers ‘American burgers’ if they're considered above average in size. --JuicyKay

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In the Netherlands, tumors in fatty tissue are called ‘Amerikænker'. --Gooi-a-weg

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In Ireland, if someone is talking about pleasuring themselves, they say ‘they had an American'. According to lizardking99, ‘It’s a roundabout version of rhyming slang. American -> Yank -> Wank.’

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In Norway, ‘Full Texas’ is an expression used to describe a deranged situation. ‘So an example would be a party that is out of control that could be described as ‘heilt Texas.’--paul_gascoigne.

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