There’s a hilarious love-hate relationship between three of the world’s major English-speaking nations: America, Australia, and the United Kingdom. These countries all have their own little quirks and characteristics, and people from each one can’t help but make fun of the others from time to time.
Fortunately, the internet exists and helps to preserve some of the best jokes and jibes between Brits, Aussies, and Americans. Here are some of our favorites, or should that be favourites? Either way, these laugh-out-loud comments are sure to brighten your day.
Even though Americans, Australians, and Brits all have plenty of things in common, it’s clear to see that there are some big differences between these three nationalities, and this Tumblr user summed up the difference in a fun, flavorful way.
The user, named Pukicho, joked that Aussies are just spicy versions of Brits due to their stereotypically reckless and fiery nature, while Americans are “cheesy-stuffed British people.” It seems like British people are just the boring default version in this person’s eyes.
Everyone knows the classic game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” or maybe you call it “Paper, Scissors, Rock”? Well, it turns out that people from different countries can have slightly different ways of saying the game’s name, leading to this amusing debate on Tumblr.
User Gemmarosity could not believe that Americans called the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” arguing that “Paper” belongs at the front of the list. What do you think about this one? Does “Paper, Scissors, Rock” sound better? Or maybe we should just call it “Scissors, Rock, Paper” to be different.
One of the most common subjects of jokes and jibes between Americans, Brits, and Aussies is the differences in accents between the three countries. It’s clear to hear those certain words can sound totally different when spoken by an American when compared to a Brit or an Aussie, and vice versa.
In this Tumblr thread, a few users started joking about how Americans say certain words, such as “meer” instead of “mirror” or “skwurl” instead of squirrel. They may have a point, but Brits and Aussies say certain words weirdly, too!
People in other countries get exposed to American lifestyles and accents a lot, thanks to TV shows, movies, and music. But it seems like this person, known as Hehimpronouns over on Tumblr, had a bit of an existential crisis one night and started wondering if America was even real.
The Tumblr user couldn’t comprehend how Americans simply go about their day-to-day business talking the way they do. When someone answered back to say that there are lots of different accents in different states, another user joined the fun with their hilarious “Ohio is good morning in Japanese” joke!
The internet is filled with fun things to do when you want to spend (or waste) a little time. This funny Tumblr user, known as Flameslikeanything, came up with a hilarious activity you can try, too: looking at place names in the UK.
There are lots of hilarious-sounding towns, cities, and villages dotted all over England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and it can be so funny to scroll around in Google Maps and try to find the funniest one. Go ahead, give it a try!
Sometimes, even though people from England, Australia, and the good old US of A all speak English, it can actually sound like they’re talking totally different languages! This is because each country has its own slang and brands and references that the others don’t get.
So, when this Aussie Tumblr user, named Everhaynes, started listing a bunch of Aussie snacks, it sounded like they were talking total nonsense! Words like “tim tams” and “fairy bread” can sound totally bizarre to an American, but these are all names of delicious Australian treats.
Many people from around the world love to watch British movies and TV shows or read classic British books, especially those that are set in the past, in a time of Lords and Ladies and fancy manors, like Pride and Prejudice or Downtown Abbey. But it seems like some people don’t realize that what they see on the screen is based on reality.
This Tumblr user, known as Quararkisses, seemed totally blown away when they found out that “the places in Pride and Prejudice” were real. Yes, it turns out that England is a real place, after all. However, modern-day England is a little different from the stories of Jane Austen!
Sometimes, when English, American, and Australian people meet for the first time and try to communicate, problems can arise if one person doesn’t understand the other. Dialects and accents can be so different, and each language has so many unique slang words and references, they truly can seem completely foreign for people who aren’t familiar.
Here’s a great example of that! An Australian wrote this warning note to any Americans heading to the Land Down Under, including a bunch of typically Aussie words like “king hit” and “bintang singlet”. Someone was totally confused and asked for a translation into English, and even the fancy British English version still wasn’t clear enough!
Another subject that often comes up when Aussies, Brits, and Americans want to make fun of each other is food. There are lots of funny jokes you can make about how much Americans love burgers or how British food is stereotypically bad, for example.
Food was the subject of discussion in this amusing Tumblr thread, where one American said that they didn’t trust Aussies because of “Fairy Bread,” a typical Aussie dessert made with bread, sprinkles, and butter. It sounds pretty good to us and definitely better than some American “delicacies” like deep-fried Coca-Cola.
You can find out so much about a country just by browsing the aisles of the local supermarket. And one person was amazed to see that in England, these orange juice cartons don’t mention “pulp” or “no pulp.” Instead, they talk about “juicy bits.”
This, obviously, had to be shared online for the amusement and entertainment of other people around the globe. In reality, certain brands of orange juice in England do use the word “pulp,” but it’s still quite common to see or hear pulp referred to as “bits” instead, which is quite cute.
It’s no secret that English people love tea. In fact, there are countless jokes about how Brits drink tea more than any other drink and simply can’t live a single day without at least a few cups of the stuff, but it turns out that the word “tea” has more than one meaning.
This Tumblr user shared the story of how they moved to England and got super confused when they heard the word “tea” referring to the evening meal. Yes, English people can refer to dinner as “tea” sometimes, which can be very confusing for people who aren’t born and raised in the UK.
Everyone knows the classic Happy Birthday song. “Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you,” etc. Well, you might think that people in other countries all sing that same song, right? Wrong! There are actually several different birthday songs all over the globe.
In Australia, they have a different version of the Happy Birthday song, and it’s a little deeper, darker, and more obscure than the one that many of us know and love. It sounds more like something out of a Shakespearean tragedy play than a joyous birthday celebration.
If you live near the coast or have any spent any time there on vacation, you may know all about the perils of seagulls. Those pesky birds can swoop down out of nowhere and steal your food right from your hands. In fact, they cause so much havoc that many people are scared even to eat snacks or food at the beach.
Well, in the Land Down Under, clever Aussies came up with a super-smart way to solve this problem! They create seagull-proof packaging with a mirror finish that reflects light, scaring the gulls away and preventing them from flying down to snack on people’s tasty fries.
Just like how the word “tea” has multiple meanings to English people, the word “pudding” also has more than one meaning. If you’re from the US, you might assume that “pudding” refers to a particular kind of dessert, but that’s not actually the case.
In reality, pudding can refer to any kind of dessert for English people. In fact, it’s a word they use instead of dessert, referring to sweet treats at the end of a meal. So, if you hear an English person asking about “pudding,” they could be talking about cake, ice cream, or all sorts of other sugary treats.
Another source of humor when talking about the differences between countries like the US, UK, and Australia is how each country has several weird laws that seem totally wacky or outdated to most people. For example, in the UK, you can’t buy scissors at 16, even though you can technically get married and join the army.
It seems like English lawmakers are way more concerned about 16-year-olds running around with scissors rather than having kids or moving out of their family homes. It’s pretty crazy when you think about it! But then again, every country has bizarre laws like this one.
To many people, Australia is a land of extremes. It’s a place where you can find some of the deadliest creatures on the planet, like venomous snakes and scary spiders. It’s also a place with a very harsh climate, where temperatures can get exceedingly, unbearably high.
This funny chart, shared on Tumblr by Cupidsbower, really shows just how extreme the Land Down Under can be. The chart is meant to show different states of fire danger in the country, with levels reaching all the way up to Extreme and even further, with a “Catastrophic” level, too.
Every country has its own unique quirks and activities that people from other nations just don’t “get.” If you’re not from America, for example, you might hear words like “Spirit Week” and “Kickball” and have no idea what any of them mean.
This funny post, shared on Tumblr by perksofbeingademigodtribute, shows a great example of that. The original poster lists a bunch of things that public school kids love to talk about, and someone from another part of the world responds in a totally confused state!
If you never visit a country and only ever see it represented in TV and films, you might assume that the real country is exactly like those shows and movies you grew up watching. So there are plenty of people out there who assume that American high schools are just like the one from High School Musical!
This funny post shows how someone named Troyesivan thought that American schools always have big posters of their most popular students on the walls. Luckily, that’s not exactly how things are in the US. Still, it’s worth noting that America does have a habit of treating high school athletes with way more respect and admiration than most other countries around the globe.
If you go to Australia as a Brit or an American or someone from another country, it might take you some time to figure out what the locals are talking about. Aussies have a whole bunch of phrases that are totally unique to them and not used in other parts of the world. For example, you may hear them say “Yeah, Nah” or “Nah, yeah.”
At first, you might just assume that these two phrases are basically the same, but it turns out that each one has a very specific meaning! Tumblr user Mythorns explains the difference in this post, and it’s clear to see how someone could very easily get confused between the two of them.
Another big difference between America, the UK, Australia, and lots of other parts of the world is that countries can use different systems for measuring things. The US is one of the only places in the world that still uses the Imperial measurement system, which includes things like inches, yards, and miles.
Americans often try to defend their use of the Imperial system in a lot of different ways, but this is definitely one of the unique arguments we’ve seen! Tumblr user Fivetail says that Imperial is best because it “flows more romantically” and has better aesthetics.
Another big debate that often rages between Brits and Americans is all about which version of the English language is the best. Brits will always argue in favor of sophisticated British English, while Americans may feel that their version is easier to understand.
Well, one person found an image that hilariously diluted the whole argument, with a British flag next to the “Traditional” variant and an American flag labeled as “Simplified English.” This picture will probably hurt the pride of some Americans, but really, both versions of English have their pros and cons.
Tumblr user Powerburial must have thought they’d created something truly incredible when they devised this new method of differentiating between morning and afternoon. They explained that you could save time and skip the “M” from “AM” or “PM” to just use “A” or “P.”
A British person pointed out that this wouldn’t work because 6P stands for sixpence in the UK, but Powerburial gave a brutal response, saying that their new system was “for real people” and implying that British folks aren’t actually real in the process. That’s harsh.
Americans, Brits, and Aussies will argue for days about the right way to spell certain words. Here, we have a perfect example of one of the most common sources of debate: the word “color.” In British English, it has a “U,” being spelled like “colour.”
The reason behind this is that English originally evolved out of other European languages and took a lot of inspiration from French, in which the word “color” is “couleur.” Many Americans would argue that since English has moved on a lot from those early days, there’s no point in keeping unnecessary letters around.
A lot of the arguments and debates that erupt between people of different nations are all about little, insignificant things. In fact, most of the time, people get all worked up and angry about nothing at all, but it’s still fun to see people debate and argue over semantics.
This Tumblr thread shows a whole argument raging about the concept of grilled cheese or “cheese toasties,” depending on what part of the world you’re from. Some people got really mad at the idea of Americans calling it “grilled” despite not actually using a grill, and Americans responded that calling them “toasties” doesn’t make sense either unless you use a toaster.
When people want to make fun of the British, they often talk about their food. British food is known for being pretty bland, and if you visit the UK, you’ll usually see Brits eating at Italian, Indian, Chinese, and other restaurants, rather than chowing down on their own traditional dishes.
This Tumblr exchange sums up the situation pretty well, as one person says that Brits shouldn’t mock American food when their own cuisine is so bland and boring, and another person talks about getting the saddest plate of spaghetti ever.
Often, debates between Brits and Americans on the internet can start off small and simple but rapidly evolve into angry exchanges, bringing in politics and all kinds of other themes. And we can see the perfect example of that in this amusing Tumblr exchange.
One user started off by joking about how they think it’s weird when Brits say “maths” instead of “math.” Immediately, a British person responded with a totally different argument, talking about the healthcare situation in the US when compared to other countries around the world. The original poster probably wasn’t expecting that kind of response!
One thing that Americans can always boast about online is the size of their country, and many people from the US of A use this as a way to end arguments and “win” debates against people from other parts of the world, especially those who live on the relatively small island of Great Britain.
One user started a discussion talking about how big London is when compared to how it is often depicted in movies and TV shows, but an American immediately responded by stating the fact that the US has several states that are bigger than the whole of the UK.
Americans can sometimes be criticized for assuming that the USA is the center of the world. Some Americans even act like everything is about them or connected to them in some way and can’t even contemplate the idea that things are done differently in other parts of the world.
Take this person, for example. When they saw someone from the UK talking about dialing “999” for the emergency services, they immediately tried to correct them to “911”. Fortunately, the British person dropped some knowledge and hopefully taught the Americans a thing or two about other countries.
If you say the word “Fortnight” to most people, they’ll probably think about the hugely popular video game of the same name. They may not know that the game was named after a word that is quite commonly used in the UK to refer to a period of two weeks.
Brits will often talk about “taking a holiday for a fortnight,” meaning that they’ll be going on vacation for a couple of weeks. On Tumblr, a few British people were shocked to learn that Americans have no such word, and many other people in other countries don’t have a specific word to refer to two weeks, either.
Many people from around the world like to poke fun at some of the strange-sounding, old-fashioned words that British people can use sometimes. Cheerio is a great example of this. In the past, Cheerio was a common way for British people to say “goodbye,” and some people still use it today.
This funny joke plays around with the concept, with an American response saying, “Fruit Loops to you, too.” This is because Cheerios, and Fruit Loops, are brands of cereal. British people have Cheerios too, so everyone can get the joke and have a laugh about it.
It’s often funny to see how different items or products can have totally different names in different countries or parts of the world. Cotton candy, for example, is a familiar sweet treat to many people in the US and is beloved all over the globe.
But did you know that it has totally different names worldwide? In the UK, they usually call cotton candy “fairy floss” or “candy floss.” This might sound strange, but “fairy floss” was actually the original name of cotton candy when it was first invented back in the late 19th century.
If you aren’t from the UK or familiar with UK culture, this joke might go totally over your head. In the UK, a cleaning product called Cillit Bang was advertised on TV by a loud-mouthed man named Barry Scott, known for his catchphrase “Bang and the dirt is gone!”
This joke plays around with the concept, suggesting that as soon as British people hear “Hi, I’m Barry Scott!” they instantly have to respond with the classic catchphrase. If you’re not British but want to pretend that you are, you can use this phrase to blend in with the locals!
The UK, the US, and Australia aren’t the only major English-speaking nations in the world. There’s Canada, too! Canada is a great country, the home of maple syrup, Jim Carrey, ice hockey, Anne of Green Gables, and beautiful landscapes, too.
Unfortunately, Canada always seems to be the “odd one out” when it comes to online debates and discussions. Many people seem to forget that it even exists, and Americans sometimes act like it’s just an extension of their own country instead of an independent nation with its own rules and systems.
If you look at a map of the UK and a map of the US, you might notice some similarities. The two nations are very different in terms of size and scale, but they share a lot of city names. They both have cities like Cambridge, Birmingham, Oxford, London, and Boston, for example.
Online, British people always seem to enjoy pointing this out. Of course, it is that many of the early settlers in America came from England and made new towns named after places from their homeland.
Sometimes, you need an outsider’s perspective to notice something strange about the place where you live. You get so used to certain things that you might not even think there’s anything odd about them until some stranger comes along and points them out to you, and that’s what happened here.
This person asked the question of why American houses always have to have so many bathrooms. Sometimes, they even have more bathrooms than bedrooms, which doesn’t make much sense. What can we say? Americans just love having lots of rooms in their house, especially bathrooms.
Have you ever noticed that so many superhero movies are set in America? Almost everything that happens in the worlds of Marvel and DC seems to happen in the United States. People in other countries, like the UK and Australia, can feel a little left out sometimes.
The reasoning behind this is pretty simple: a lot of the most famous comic book franchises are written and produced in the US by Americans. Still, there are some great heroes and awesome comics from plenty of other places worldwide, so nobody should feel left out.
If you’re an American, you are probably familiar with the phrase “Guess what? Chicken butt!” It’s a classic playground phrase that you can hear kids singing or saying to one another, and it always leads to cheeky giggles and laughter.
Well, it turns out that this phrase is very distinctly American. If you say it anywhere else in the world, people will look at you like you lost your mind. That’s what this person found out when they stuck this funny magnet on their fridge in the UK.
This Tumblr poster brought up a very interesting point about the Wizard World of Harry Potter from J.K. Rowling’s beloved children’s book series. In the books set in the UK, it seems like the world is about to end when the evil wizard Voldemort returns to power.
So where were all the American wizards during the whole thing? Were they just sitting patiently in their own country, watching from afar and hoping it all worked out, or were they ready to swoop into battle and save the day in typical American fashion?
Sometimes, people from other countries don’t necessarily want to make fun of each other; they just want to understand something about another country that has confused them in the past. This person, for example, was desperate to know what the word “jaywalking” meant.
The word originated in the US, and, for any non-American reader, it refers to a pedestrian crossing a road without using the proper crossing. The term originated way back in the 1900s when horse-drawn carriages were mostly on the roads rather than cars.
Another source of discussion between people from different countries is the weather. The UK is known for having pretty miserable weather, most of the time. It can be sunny and pleasant there, but most places in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have to deal with a whole lot of rain.
This Tumblr user pointed that out and reminded Americans that they should be grateful for having more diverse weather. Snow can be annoying sometimes, but it’s also pretty magical to wake up and see the world covered in that beautiful white blanket.
The UK and US also differ in terms of supermarket chains. In the US, people talk about Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, and so on. Over in the UK, folks do their grocery shopping at Asda, Sainsbury’s, and Tesco.
It looks like this Tumblr user, Emilyxestelle, was a little confused about which country they lived in! They’d heard the phrase “just go to Tescos” so many times online or on TV that they yelled it at their mom, despite living in the US, where Tesco doesn’t even exist.
One of the biggest differences between the UK and the US is size. The UK is pretty small compared to the US, which leads to very different views of distance and very different attitudes towards traveling.
Many people believe that anything longer than an hour is a pretty long car journey in the UK. But in the US, people routinely spend many hours behind the wheel on road trips as they travel from state to state to visit friends and family or explore more of their homeland.
Here’s an interesting little piece of history. During World War II, many American soldiers were flown over to the UK, stationed in various coastal towns as they prepared to head over to mainland Europe and battle the Axis powers.
Since the UK was seen as so dramatically different from the US, the American soldiers were given little pamphlets like this one, going over some details about life in the UK to prepare the soldiers and help them adjust to their new surroundings.
There are very different levels of admiration and respect between many Brits and Americans regarding accents. In general, it seems that many Americans love British accents, finding them cute, sexy, or stylish.
Unfortunately, that admiration is a one-way street, as many Brits don’t feel the same way about American accents. It seems that many British people cringe when they hear American accents or don’t like the way Americans say certain words. Still, everyone has different opinions, and plenty of Brits love American accents, too.
The Fourth of July is one of the biggest dates on the calendar for Americans. It’s Independence Day, one of the most significant moments in the country’s history. However, around the world, July 4th is pretty much just a regular day, with no real reason for celebration.
British people might even dislike the holiday, representing the moment when they lost control of the United States. In truth, most British people don’t seem to care about Independence Day, and many don’t even know what it’s all about, but this is still a funny joke from Tumblr user Travelingstargazer.
Here’s another post about “British cuisine.” Over in the UK, “beans on toast” is a pretty common meal, especially among working-class people. It’s a cheap and simple dinner option for families, though it doesn’t sound like the tastiest thing in the world to most people.
Still, as this Tumblr post shows, many Brits will bravely defend their beans on toast from any possible attacks. So, when someone even dared question whether or not people eat it, a British person immediately posted an angry reply.
For many British people, tea is a vital part of the day, and it needs to be prepared just right. “Put the kettle on” is a very common phrase in English homes, and most Brits would never even think about preparing their tea in any other way.
This funny story shows exactly how Brits can react when they hear about Americans making tea with a microwave instead of a kettle. The microwave isn’t a bad option if you don’t have a kettle and need to heat water, but it’s not the best way to make tea.
We’ve heard all about the possible future of World War Three, but how about World War Tea? Well, it looks like it just got started online after this hilarious debate about the pros and cons of iced sweet tea, which is a pretty common drink in the US.
Many British people don’t drink iced tea. They only like to drink tea hot, in the traditional way, and many Brits believe that the UK is the world’s leading authority on tea, too, even though it has been consumed in other countries like China and Russia for centuries.
“Chips” is a word that can have a lot of different meanings, depending on which part of the world you’re using it in. In America, if you ask for chips, you’ll get handed a bag of potato chips. In the UK, the word is used to refer to fries.
And it seems that in Australia, “chips” can be used for almost anything! This funny post just goes to show how Aussies like to keep things simple. They don’t complicate the situation with lots of unnecessary words or fancy phrases.
The person who wrote this post is joking, but can you imagine people saying something as silly as “Kangaroo Steve Irwin crocodile didgeridoo” instead of “I love you”? Romantic scenes in movies would have a different vibe!
All in all, these funny jokes and phrases show that there certainly are plenty of differences between our countries, but they’re all great in their way, and there are lots more things that bring us together, rather than divide us.