When moving to the UK from America, you can experience a lot of culture shocks – from ways of speaking to food shopping and weather.
One US citizen who moved to Britain has shared the names of popular UK brands that she believes just ‘wouldn’t work’ back home.
Lisa Dollan, who goes by @yorkshirepeach on TikTok, moved from the USA to Yorkshire and makes videos about her experiences.
Her recent video on brand names has been seen by 470,000 people and racked up over 600 comments.
Beginning her list, she told viewers ‘Now then, I’ve got popular UK brands that just wouldn’t work in America, let’s go’
One US citizen who moved to Britain has shared the names of popular UK brands that she believes just ‘wouldn’t work’ back home
The American’s first brand that she thinks wouldn’t work in the US, is a British favourite – McVities Digestives.
She explained ‘Coming in strong at number one, Digestives.
‘Now, when I saw this on the shelf when I first moved here, I though aw that’s a medicinal biscuit for people with IBS.
‘But it’s not, it’s just the name of a biscuit, a digestive, and they even do them with chocolate on.
‘It wouldn’t work in America, people would automatically think it’s a medicine and start abusing it – I’m kidding.’
Sticking to sweet treats, she adds the popular UK ice cream magnums to the list.
Lisa laughed ‘A magnum where I am from is a contraceptive right that you put on.
‘It doesn’t work, it’s not an ice cream. Maybe they are in America now but they weren’t when I left.’
She continued ‘If you went into a store and asked for a magnum they would ask you if you wanted ribbed or smooth.’
Lisa Dollan, who goes by @yorkshirepeach on TikTok , moved from the USA to Yorkshire and makes videos about her experiences
Her final brand that she thinks wouldn’t make it out of the UK is minstrels.
Even though it doesn’t share a name with something else in America, it sounds a little too similar to something very different.
She said ‘Minstrels. I know the spelling is not the same, but I immediately think menstrual cycle, which we refer to a lot.
‘You guys here will say like ‘I’m due on,’ ‘I’m on at the minute’ – you guys have so many ways to say ‘I’m on my period.
‘We quite often say menstrual cycle, I just immediately think of the menstrual cycle, I just don’t think it would pop off, I really don’t.’
Both Brits and Americans flocked to the comments to talk about the differences.
One user wrote ‘Digestives were a aid to help with digestion,’ to which someone else wrote ‘Founded by 2 Scottish doctors in the 1800s it contained bicarbonate sods so they thought it would be beneficial. Now I just love them in my tea!’
Another added ‘Digestive has a small dose laxative in it to help with your Digestive system’ and someone else chimed in with ‘I’m pretty sure it’s just the fibre’.
Others wrote ‘A Minstrel was a traveling musician in medieval times!’ and ‘well now I’m gonna think of the minstrel cycle whenever I’m in the chocolate aisle’.
An American added ‘It sounds so weird to say this but I tried Magnum when I visited England and it tasted wonderful’.