Non-Americans Are Calling Out Things Americans Say That Scream, "I'm An American," And Wow, I Guess I'm Gonna Stop Talking For A While

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A while ago, Reddit user TheOmnipotentKoi asked the internet, "Non-Americans of Reddit, what’s something someone can say that indirectly screams 'I’m an American?'" Non-Americans shared tons of hilarious things Americans say all the time — and it's so accurate, it hurts.

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Here are some of the top-voted responses:

1."When you ask where they are from: Australian: 'I'm from Australia.' British: 'I'm from the UK.' Indian: 'I'm from India.' Chinese: 'I'm from China.' American: 'I'm from Wisconsin.'"

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2."'The college experience.'"

u/ErythingIsFakeAndGay

3."Saying 'sophomore, senior, etc.'"

u/butterybakedpotato

4."mm/dd/yyyy."

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5."'It was 90 degrees outside.' (I hope that's a reasonable number.)"

u/agent_kater

6."'Why didn't you leave a tip?'"

u/flame2454

7."I was taking a walking tour in Ireland once, and the guide mentioned Notre Dame for some reason. This American guy tried to correct her pronunciation as 'Not-er Daym,' not 'Not-re Daam.' It was a wildly uncomfortable few minutes."

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8."Asking for ranch dressing."

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u/Biblelicious

"I call ranch dressing 'American sauce.' One time, when eating with a group of friends, I said, 'Pass me the American sauce,' and they all knew what I was talking about. It's dumb, but I get a kick out of it because ranch feels so American. Even the name: ranch. What a cowboy thing to call it."

u/Saviourality

9."'Depends on what state you're in.'"

u/Godstevsky

10."Recommending a brand of medication."

u/JudgementalPrick

"'Whoa, someone seriously needs a Midol.'"

u/Novemberai

11."Whenever I hear 'meer' instead of 'mirror.'"

u/aamknz

12."'I drove myself to the hospital.'"

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u/FinancialServe311

"I rode in an ambulance once when I was 17; it cost me 960 USD. I vowed then if I have another medical emergency that I'm calling a limo to take me to the hospital."

u/Goblin_Dangle

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13."'Have a good day' — used in an argument ~aggressively~."

u/Spacebunnycat10

14."Asking about/knowing one's credit score."

u/timeboxparadox

15."When they say everyone else has an accent, but they do not."

u/fiddledeedeep0tat0es

16."Thinking I have a British accent (I’m Aussie)."

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17."'I've been employed for 90 days, so I can finally sign up for insurance.'"

u/theunabeefer

18."Usually when someone says 'y'all.'"

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19."I’ve been living in the States for over a decade. I bought my mom this cleaning product that was cinnamon- and clove-scented, and I told her it 'smelled like Christmas.' She just looked at me weird and said, 'Wow, I guess you really are an American now.'"

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20."'I'm driving a manual.'"

u/szanda

And finally...

21."When they assume other people are also American."

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u/tobydiah

"'Ah, a fellow American.'"

u/king_of_hate2

Non-Americans, what are some other things Americans say that are a clear giveaway that they're American? Let us know in the comments below!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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