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    I hate America massively, but I can't help but like the majority of Americans I meet.
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    You will be treated with the utmost of respect as us English are well known for!
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    (Original post by the_lone_ranger)
    Yeah, and all British people have bad teeth, call everyone they meet "guvnah," wear bowler hats, and play cricket on a daily basis. :rolleyes:





    If your image of a Texan is based on GWB you are grossly misinformed. It's in fact highly insulting to call him Texan to a real Texan; we can tell.




    Also, what is with British people and Houston? I've heard several of them comment on how they enjoyed it. Considering the fact that most Americans from outside of Houston think of it as an armpit of a town, I find this quite odd. What is the appeal for y'all?
    Yes, but our opinion of Texas wasn't formed from watching Mary Poppins.

    This isn't where most Brits get their impression of Texas from.

    Probably because of NASA and, "Houston, we have a problem."
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    (Original post by MacSci)
    Lol...I'm glad I already am.

    But clue me in. I'm not quite sure why, supposedly, Brits like Canadians over the Americans?:confused:
    mostly I think my suggestion works cos we don't know what Canadians sound like - Canada's not etched out a very strong identity for itself in our collective subconscious.
    however I had a holiday in BC and the people there sounded a lot like californians to my ears tbh.

    Anti-americanism is the socialism of fools in britain. particularly on campus.
    A lot of people here who think they understand american politics when really they don't - example being that embarrassing letter writing campaign the guardian newspaper ran for the Bush/Gore presidential in 2000.
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    (Original post by Joinedup)
    mostly I think my suggestion works cos we don't know what Canadians sound like - Canada's not etched out a very strong identity for itself in our collective subconscious.
    however I had a holiday in BC and the people there sounded a lot like californians to my ears tbh.

    Anti-americanism is the socialism of fools in britain. particularly on campus.
    A lot of people here who think they understand american politics when really they don't - example being that embarrassing letter writing campaign the guardian newspaper ran for the Bush/Gore presidential in 2000.
    That was for Bush/Kerry in 2004.
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    (Original post by rylit91)
    Yes, but our opinion of Texas wasn't formed from watching Mary Poppins.

    This isn't where most Brits get their impression of Texas from.

    Probably because of NASA and, "Houston, we have a problem."
    No, I'm guessing it was formed from watching "Dallas." Equally misrepresentative.

    And I'm not talking about the favorable (or I guess favourable for you lot) impression the city's name has, I'm talking about people who say they enjoyed the city and that it's a nice place. I've never really heard Americans express this opinion, but I know quite a few Brits who do (quite a few in the oil industry, for instance, but that only explains why they'd be in Houston, not why they like it).
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    (Original post by the_lone_ranger)
    That was for Bush/Kerry in 2004.
    oops - but it's sweet that y'all remembered.
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    (Original post by the_lone_ranger)
    No, I'm guessing it was formed from watching "Dallas." Equally misrepresentative.

    And I'm not talking about the favorable (or I guess favourable for you lot) impression the city's name has, I'm talking about people who say they enjoyed the city and that it's a nice place. I've never really heard Americans express this opinion, but I know quite a few Brits who do (quite a few in the oil industry, for instance, but that only explains why they'd be in Houston, not why they like it).
    I've never watched Dallas in my life.

    :noway: Well, considering we are English and we are speaking English - we invented the language so it would only be appropriate that you wrote it correctly for a change :facepalm2:

    My first cousin once removed lived in Texas for quite some time, he works for Shell. Not sure what he thought of it.
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    (Original post by momoso)
    Hey,

    I am seriously considering going to the UK for postgraduate study and one of of my biggest fears is not fitting in. I have a feeling that has kind of been reinforced by some of the responses on this forum that Americans are not well received in the UK especially those from the south. I'm from Texas and there have been many disparaging remarks made about Southerners and Texans on this site. Am I wrong in thinking this or does this feeling hold weight.

    Thanks
    As long as your not one of these arse ****s who walks around thinking they own the place, you will be fine.
    If you are, **** off back home. We dont need more idiots like that in this country.

    You seem like your not though, so rant over.

    You will probably get some banter for being American. But you have to understand its exactly that, banter. We take the piss out of everything in this country, including our selves (which is something not many Americans seem to get?).
    So take it with a laugh, and dont be offended... Its all just fun.
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    I am not British, but I would perceive you as an American with a good taste.
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    (Original post by the_lone_ranger)
    You know perfectly well what he means by liberal, considering the fact that you use liberal as a slur only two posts above to describe the center-left.
    I used it as a slur because I am an American and that's how the word is used here. When I am not using the word in an american context it can mean something different because the word is used differently in Europe.

    (Original post by the_lone_ranger)
    "We have the right to bear arms, you don't" is simply not accurate. British people do have the right to bear arms; they do not have the right to bear any kind of weapon they wish in any location for no reason whatsoever. Their system is based on regulating gun control sensibly, rather than giving people free range to do as they please.
    It's a different society and I don't think there are many people living in rural areas in Britain where the nearest police station is 30 miles away. In the US, there are a lot of rural areas that police can't get to in less than 1/2 an hour and these people need the right to protect themselves.

    (Original post by the_lone_ranger)
    You cite that gay marriage is legal in several US states, yet not one of those states is run by the GOP or by your "classical liberal" principles. Most of the United States does not have civil unions, so the UK's stance on granting liberty and justice to ALL is substantially better than ours.
    Maybe so, but a lot of republicans are very supportive of gay rights. Rudy Giuliani is one of them, and many republicans are more supportive of gay rights than some democrats. You'll never see Obama making a speech like this:

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      Disgusting. Don't say "y'all". Seriously.
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      (Original post by momoso)
      Hey,

      I am seriously considering going to the UK for postgraduate study and one of of my biggest fears is not fitting in. I have a feeling that has kind of been reinforced by some of the responses on this forum that Americans are not well received in the UK especially those from the south. I'm from Texas and there have been many disparaging remarks made about Southerners and Texans on this site. Am I wrong in thinking this or does this feeling hold weight.

      Thanks
      I find Americans incredibly annoying.
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      (Original post by lonelykatana)
      As long as your not one of these arse ****s who walks around thinking they own the place, you will be fine.
      If you are, **** off back home. We dont need more idiots like that in this country.

      You seem like your not though, so rant over.

      You will probably get some banter for being American. But you have to understand its exactly that, banter. We take the piss out of everything in this country, including our selves (which is something not many Americans seem to get?).
      So take it with a laugh, and dont be offended... Its all just fun.
      You're a ****stain.
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      I love Americans

      Wish you were my friend at uni ...
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      An unnecessary capitaliser of words.
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      (Original post by the_lone_ranger)
      What do British people call soft drinks like Coke and Sprite?

      In Texas, it's most common to call them all Coke regardless of what brand they are. This includes stuff like Sprite and Fanta. "What kind of Coke do you want?" will usually get an answer like Dr Pepper, which is a separate brand altogether.

      Otherwise, we'd call them "soda" or "soft drink."

      What do y'all call them?
      If generally its 'can' otherwise you specifically say what you want.
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      As long as you're nice person, you'll be alright.
      And most people don't mean anything by making jokes, but I do say 'most'. I used to have an American accent and when I went to school there one person actually sat down with me and try to make me copy her accent.
      But that was it for me, and mind you, I was in Year 7, where everyone's incredibly immature.
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      Americans are hot in England just like the english are hot in the US. Something different.
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      I don't think I've ever seen Americans get seriously made fun of in real life. Sure, you might get the occasional light-hearted joke about where you're from, but in my experience that happens to everyone!

      I also love American accents, if that helps
     
     
     
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