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u/zoomba2378 3d ago

In Australian:

Chips and chips

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u/GrouchyPhoenix 3d ago

South Africa as well.

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u/DoucheCanoeBruh 3d ago

South Africans are just honorary Australians /s

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u/b-rar 3d ago

You're all just British to us

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u/nearly_enough_wine 2d ago

Until the rugby kicks off.

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u/TapDanceMario 3d ago

Australia

'hot chips'

Said this in the UK once. The dude was like... err... you can have them cold if you want?

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u/Notoryctemorph 3d ago

If they're cold then they're cold hot chips

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u/CobraWasTaken 2d ago

The weird thing is, in the US we have many restaurants that serve "fish and chips". The "chips" that come with the fish are in fact French fries. They'll even put in the description, "battered fried fish with a side of French fries" despite the name of the dish using the word "chips".

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u/WolvenHunter1 2d ago

It’s because it’s an English dish and everyone knows the English call Fries Chips and what a Fish and chips is

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u/Dolph-Ziggler 3d ago

Years ago I went to an American styled cafe in Sydney and ordered a burger with chips. Plate came out with crisps on the side. Sometimes you need to learn a lesson.

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u/beaurepair 2d ago

Plate came out with crisps chips on the side.

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u/Tatertot004 3d ago

Was looking for this comment

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u/itswateripromise 3d ago

Yep, chips and hot chips

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u/milkyman18 3d ago

I don’t wanna have to say “hot” every time I say chips tho. Just give me some damn chips with my burger!

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u/Cruxis87 2d ago

Well when you say chips, it's generally assumed that it's always hot chips, unless it's like a kids birthday party or you're in a car with the not hot chips around. So you can tell what type is being referenced by the type of environment you're in, because it's extremely rare that both are present. At least in my experience.

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u/AmericaLover1776_ 3d ago

I mean

both potato

both served with lots of salt

both cooked or baked somehow

They are basically the same thing

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u/Whatsknown 3d ago

You know which one is which by how they sound.

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u/JohnGenericDoe 3d ago

Chips and hot chips. But those hot chips are almost skinny enough to be fries. That's how I distinguish them anyway.

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u/tf199280 3d ago

That’s chaos

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u/OldSpiceSmellsNice 3d ago

We’re lazy fuckers

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u/xRetz 3d ago

Except for that one brand of chips we have that are called french fries

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u/Xiao_Bo16 3d ago

I'm european and we call them just like that. England =/= Europe

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u/Snow-Wraith 3d ago

Is this the real reason England left the EU? Or is England just a natural contrarian?

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u/englishfury 3d ago

Or is England just a natural contrarian?

Yes

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u/Tef-al 3d ago

No

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u/LickMe6959 3d ago

you clever ol brit, nicely done

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u/PxyFreakingStx 3d ago

no he's an idiot

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u/pjrockp 3d ago

So blunt God damn 🤣

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u/PxyFreakingStx 3d ago

it was subtle and incisive

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u/StarlightWT 2d ago

what the hell is this lmfao

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u/PxyFreakingStx 2d ago

you know what it is

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u/towerfella 3d ago

That was spiffing.

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u/XxPsouxX 3d ago

Yes, England indeed left the EU because of flat and long potato terminology

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u/Ok_Comparison_8304 2d ago

Genuinely, the curvature of bananas or 'bendy bananas' was rhetoric thrown around in the nascent years of the EU. It was used as an example to highlight the absurdity of EU food regulations (alledgedly the food standards were leading to straighter bananas) by the British right-wing press and talking heads...

...and was completely untrue..

...and was from a piece written in the Telegraph..

..by Boris Johnson.

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u/RepresentativeOk3233 2d ago

Cant make that Shit Up...i mean Boris can but whatever...

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u/Virtual-Engineer7224 3d ago

This would really explain so much.

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u/slb609 2d ago

Cries in Scottish. For several reasons.

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u/Rich_27- 2d ago

Joins you in Welsh

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u/RohelTheConqueror 3d ago

Here: ≠

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u/Schwarz-Adler 3d ago

🚨🚨🚨

Sir are you aware youre in posession of forbidden goods?

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u/Striker120v 3d ago

This one was the secret to the triforce back in the day.

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u/VenoSlayer246 3d ago

I win. You cannot possibly hope to match my power.

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u/Thirpunasorec 3d ago

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u/Complete_Fix2563 3d ago

oi mate you got a licence for that

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u/Badluckbafs 3d ago

FBI open up... Or whatever the European equivalent of FBI is. I dunno, I'm not from either of those places

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u/SR_Lut3t1um 3d ago

Here: ⊊

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u/Matrixfx187 3d ago

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u/Slowest_Speed6 3d ago

JavaScript reeeee

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u/l4mpSh4d3 3d ago

*UK and Ireland

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u/U1trin 3d ago

I'm Irish and the fuck we do! The top are crisps and the bottom are chips!

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u/harrymuana 2d ago

Yes which is why the guy you replied to is right. Everyone except UK and Ireland use the names in the picture.

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u/Wackywaffle05 3d ago

Literally I’m Scottish and we call the the same thing

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u/jakob767 2d ago

America asleep, quick! 🇪🇺 - This is called Europe. 🇬🇧 - This is called UK.

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u/itsmeaboi 3d ago

I mean the whole chips and crisps thing is british tbh

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u/uk123456789101112 2d ago

UK -

chips (thick cut and fried), what you get with fish and chips. Hot

Fries (thin cut and fried) what you get at McDonalds. Hot

Crisps - everything from Walkers (Laus) to monstermunch, cheetoes, wotsits etc.comes in a sealed bad and cold.

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u/Salzfisch 3d ago

it's mainly britain being britain. Germany calles fries "Pommes"

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u/Ok_Net_1674 3d ago

We also call fries "Fritten" and the german word for chips/crisps is just "Chips"

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u/maine_coon2123 3d ago Silver

Crispsspsps

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u/cebiaw 3d ago

Calling his cat, username checks out

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u/Smugglers151 3d ago

Bro. How tf do you have that name and basically no cat pictures. I am deeply disappointed.

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u/ost_ost_ost 3d ago

Maybe they just live in Maine 🦝

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u/Endorkend 3d ago

Germans call them both because the real full name is really pomme frites.

Which Americans think are French fries because that is a French name, but they are actually Belgian. Where incidentally a part of the population also speaks French.

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u/yugutyup 2d ago

Pommfritz is the best name...in asia they often call them "french fried"....ouch

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u/Corfiz74 3d ago

And obviously, Germany is NOT asleep yet! 😄

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u/Salzfisch 3d ago

I slept all day due to a bad schedule, hah

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u/LivingCheese292 3d ago

I don't even know what sleep schedule is anymore

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u/Kinky-Bi-Guy 3d ago

As Sam Elliott said in Roadhouse, I'll get all the sleep I need when I'm dead

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u/EmRuizChamberlain 3d ago

As Sam Elliot said in Roadhouse for the win….

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u/48Planets 3d ago

Do Germans sleep? I was under the impression that they just plug themselves into a wall outlet

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u/Blackvoidking 3d ago

They are the white Japanese. Incredibly efficient and intelligent no wonder why they had an alliance

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u/darjyn61 3d ago edited 3d ago

More the other way round ;)

"German-Japanese relations, were officially established in 1861 with the first ambassadorial visit to Japan from Prussia (which predated the formation of the German Empire in 1866/1870). Japan modernized rapidly after the Meiji Restoration of 1867, often using German models through intense intellectual and cultural exchange."

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany%E2%80%93Japan_relations

6 out of 12 foreign advisers for the modernization of law, administration and economics were German (3 French, 2 British, 1 US-American).

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_government_advisors_in_Meiji_Japan

"It's not just culture that Japan has acquired from Germany; it has also adopted many of Germany's customs. The explanation for this lies in the intense cultural exchange that took place during the Meiji period, from the middle of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. [...] Yoshimi Yamaguchi also mentioned that Japan has learned a lot from Germany: 'The country served as a model during Japan's modernisation.'

German jurists and politicians, such as Rudolf von Gneist, contributed greatly to the Japanese constitution. Klemens Wilhelm Jacob Meckel, a German military advisor, spent three years helping to modernise the Japanese military and German physicians were brought to the country in around 1870 to update the medical system."

https://www.businessinsider.com/heres-why-the-japanese-are-obsessed-with-germany-2018-5

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u/rainbowyuc 3d ago

Learnt from the Germans so well that they're now even beating them at football. Incredible.

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u/Jesus_Pachanga 3d ago

Thanks to 19th century Germans, we have Toyota and Pokemon. And expensive cameras and lenses, I guess.

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u/adamlevinesburner 3d ago

On Sundays and for minutes. That’s that German efficiency.

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u/Yorudesu 3d ago

German here. Can confirm all of the above.

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u/therealbigdirtymike 3d ago

Dumb American here. Do you guys pronounce “ambulance” as “ambulanz” or, is it really “krankenwagen” as people joke about?

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u/theultimateghost_mwo 3d ago

ofc we aren’t. sleep is not a thing our culture knows.

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u/BetterThatThenThis 3d ago

Where do I apply?

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u/ThrainnII 3d ago

well that panzerschokolade is just so damn good

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u/Quick_March_7842 3d ago

Well to be fair Germany has some loud neighbors who are keeping them up at night. I was gonna say Hatfields and the McCoys but I think we're well beyond that now.

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u/tomjfetscher 3d ago

But like, chips and fries in the UK are also different. Chips are more like steak fries in america, while fries are just standard French fries. And I say this as an American in the uk currently

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u/Sausage_Claws 3d ago

I'm a Brit in Canada and I'm sick of being served Fish 'n' Fries.

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u/AwarenessBest7229 3d ago

Isn't that how French say apple?

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u/LoocaAL 3d ago

yes but potatoes are called "pomme de terre" (earth apple) in french, so that's where it comes from, i guess.

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u/rustytoerail 3d ago

Oranges used to be called pomme orange

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u/anonymuscular 3d ago

"Like comparing apples and orange apples"

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u/_Abiogenesis 3d ago

"Pommes de terre frites" - litterally "fried earth apples". It is shortened to just "frites" = fries. And we call chips = chips (Unless you're Canadian).

The French never do the same as the Brits so yeah they are on their own on that one.

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u/TSiridean 3d ago edited 3d ago

Pommes (Frites) (more or less pronounced Pomm Frits) and German Fritten is short for French [pommes (de terre)] frites.

Potatoe in French is literally 'ground apple', can also be found as Erdapfel in some German dialects.

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u/anonymuscular 3d ago

You can also say "Pommes" to refer to fries in German, but you pronounce it "paw-mess"

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u/Salzfisch 3d ago

there is a giant rabbithole when it comes to european languages

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u/signequanon 3d ago

Yes, but pommes de terre means potatoes.

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u/ifosz 3d ago

Pommes frites

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u/Intruder6 2d ago

Pom Fritz

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u/NordJTN 3d ago

Sweden too

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u/bunglejerry 3d ago

Whereas we call the British "Poms"!

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u/DanielLizs 3d ago

French people call pommes apples

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u/Snowbattt 3d ago

Chips and frites in French

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u/Markman6 3d ago

No one speaks French on the internet and u know it

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u/Cold-Doctor 3d ago

Nice try. It's French fries

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u/itzjackybro 3d ago

In Canada, the chips are called croustilles

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u/TheCharisma 3d ago

I love how "Europe" is just one giant cultural entity to most Americans. The British are the people you you want.

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u/Caayaa 2d ago

Wait till you find out about “Asian”

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u/Fun_Push7168 2d ago edited 2d ago

Wait til you hear about Africa, you know.....the country.

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u/Trying_to_survive20k 3d ago

It's literally a Uk thing.

Everywhere else in europe calls them like the rest of the world.

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u/Modred_the_Mystic 3d ago

They are both chips. Welcome to NZ

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u/SnafuSnuSnu 3d ago

Same in Australia. Both chips. Never in my 30-something years have I ever encountered any confusion with them both being called chips.

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u/Villen7 3d ago

Everyone else is wrong! Both are potatoes!!

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u/noryp5 3d ago

Boil em. Mash em. Stick em in a stew.

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u/ElectricRune 3d ago

Stupid fat hobbit can keep his nasty taters...

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u/Head12head12 3d ago

Raw Potato, Grilled potato, boiled potato, broiled potato, sliced potato, potato chip, mashed potatoes, cheesy potatoes, baked potato, diced potatoes, potato soup, potato stew, fries, fried potato. That’s all that I think of

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u/NathaNinja6 3d ago

Chips=chips and fries=frieten in Belgium. UK is not Europe.

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u/Thijs_NLD 3d ago

Britain is not Europe...

You must be America?

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u/Mikael-Gabriel 3d ago

"UK = whole Europe" americans 😛

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u/DomHuntman 3d ago

Innacurate.

In the UK crisps and chips.

In Europe it deoends on which language.

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u/RomeoTrickshot 3d ago

Ireland stands with the UK on this one

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u/DomHuntman 3d ago

And I assume with salt and vinegar.

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u/umbrella-maker 3d ago

Preferably Tayto

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u/staghallows 3d ago

North Tayto supremecy.

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u/EH23456 3d ago

I'm willing to bet most of us are would think of the top image if someone said "chips" tho

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u/R4y3r 3d ago

The word in my language for chips/crisps is chips, so when I heard of fish and chips I was thinking of fish with potato chips or something.

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u/meli_inthecity 3d ago

Unless they’re served with fish, then it’s “fish and chips”.

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u/dr_jt 3d ago

Exactly. I'm from the US and of I order "fish and chips" somewhere and I'm brought potato chips? I'm going to start a riot. But that's only because it's a British meal using the British name.

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u/umbrella-maker 3d ago

The caf at my old job did that. I tried to tell them.

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u/MundusLumbus 3d ago

Bro I was eating at a restaurant and someone I was with said out loud "hmm I wonder what this dish is? Fish & Chips? Like potato chips?" and I gave them a hard time like dude it's obviously fish with fries have you never heard of that?

My fucking face when they actually brought out a plate of fried fish and potato chips.....

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u/darexinfinity 3d ago

Chips > fries

I want to order Fish and Chips wherever you're ordering them from.

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u/CoreyReynolds 3d ago

They're not chips though, I'd argue even here in the UK, what we see in the picture are Fries, chips are bigger. The chips you get at a chippy/fish and chip shop are big chunky chips.

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u/goldietheswagbear 3d ago

1: i have a shit sleep schedule and 2: england isn't europe.

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u/ChampValjean 3d ago

Wtf does Europe have to do with anything in this meme lol.

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u/Gluta_mate 2d ago

op really conned all yall in driving engagement in this post

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u/Endroine 3d ago

Chips are chips

Fries are frietjes

GEEN PATAT </3

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u/R4y3r 3d ago

I want 🍟 not 🥔

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u/TheGrimDweeber 3d ago

PATAT MET MAYO, KOM VECHTEN DAN!

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u/Command_Optimal 3d ago

Danish here. I agree. Chips are chips!

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u/xep097 3d ago

kamelåså

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u/OkPlantain6773 3d ago

But what do you call a Danish?

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u/MumblesJumbles 3d ago

Vienna bread

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u/HarEmiya 3d ago

The latter are frieten you utter barbarian.

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u/Dirtsniffee 3d ago

I don't understand wtf this sub is?!

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u/TrackLabs 3d ago

Hey thats mainly UKs thing. Im german, I call chips chips, and fries Pommes.

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u/yugutyup 2d ago

Thats so offensive to Europeans, it is not even funny. Uk != Europe fuck me

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u/banzzai13 2d ago

Twist: most of Europe speaks not-English.

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u/BackstageTurtle 3d ago

Australia

Chips Hot chips

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u/TrememphisStremph 3d ago

Bae taught me this.

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u/AllMyFrendsArePixels 3d ago

Based rrat enjoyer

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u/Pablito-010 3d ago

Whoever made this thinks Europe is a country.. cough probably an American cough

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u/FemboyAverge 3d ago

Chips are basically thick fries, they arnt both called fries, and they are called fcking crisps not chips!

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u/MisogynisticBumsplat 3d ago

yes this. we have fries in the UK, and they are the specifically thin type that are sold at American style fast food places like maccy d's or burger king.

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u/StickyHams 3d ago

That's not mayonnaise.

We dip our chips in mayonnaise.

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u/bunglejerry 3d ago

You know what the funniest thing about Europe is?

What?

It's the little differences. A lotta the same shit we got here, they got there, but there they're a little different.

Examples?

Well, in Amsterdam, you can buy beer in a movie theatre. And I don't mean in a paper cup either. They give you a glass of beer, like in a bar. In Paris, you can buy beer at MacDonald's. Also, you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?

They don't call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese?

No, they got the metric system there, they wouldn't know what the fuck a Quarter Pounder is.

What'd they call it?

Royale with Cheese.

Royale with Cheese. What'd they call a Big Mac?

Big Mac's a Big Mac, but they call it Le Big Mac.

Le Big Mac. What do they call a Whopper?

I dunno, I didn't go into a Burger King. But you know what they put on french fries in Holland instead of ketchup?

What?

Mayonnaise.

Goddamn!

I seen 'em do it. And I don't mean a little bit on the side of the plate, they fuckin' drown 'em in it.

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u/Redwingstarfish 3d ago

Halfway thru, I was like...Wait! lol Noice!

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u/Fantastic_Deer_3772 3d ago

Even in England those second ones are fries Chips are thicker

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u/MrLockinBoxin 3d ago

Exactly this. If I order chips and they give fries I’m upset. Chips are chunky, fries are skinny

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u/scalper84 3d ago

In Sweden chips are chips And fries are pommes frittes 😃

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u/beanie_0 3d ago

Crisps and chips

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u/Livid63 3d ago

not even correct in uk we would call first one crisps and second one fries

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u/BlairTheWitch767 3d ago

Jokes on you, I stayed up past my bedtime

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u/pizzaconsumer21 2d ago

In European, i agree with this, only the Brits think that Britain is NOT Europe

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u/dementeddrongo 2d ago edited 2d ago

I'm British, and the bottom photo is of fries.

That said, British chips are much fatter than fries, making them different.

In a similar way to how crisps (or chips in NA) are even thinner slices of potato than fries, making them different.

Chips vs fries vs crisps is like...

[] vs | vs O

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u/thefloatingpoint 2d ago

That's Britain. Not Europe.

Buddy, don't play into the american stereotype of not being able to distinguish a country from a continent.

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u/Salzfisch 3d ago

everyone corrwcting that EU ≠ Britain, haha

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u/Mijman 3d ago

While you're at is

Europe ≠ EU

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u/TraditionalPiccolo28 3d ago

And Mexico = America

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u/Mijman 3d ago

Yup.

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u/miclux 3d ago

Kartoffelchips und Pommes. Sprich deutsch du Hurensohn.

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u/Lavinjo69 3d ago

You stupid In europe (serbia) Fries are pomfrit And chips is čips UK is not just the only country

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u/jumpingjackbeans 3d ago

I'm English, I'm awake, and I'm here to tell everyone else in this thread, "european" or American, that we don't really give fuck what you call them.

Our thick cut deep fried potatoes (yes, chips) are not pictured and they are world beating 👌

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u/CaptainWatermellon 3d ago

That's pretty much just a uk thing, we call them chips in romania as well, and the french fries are cartofi prajiti, which translates to fried potatoes, i think every country that doesn't have english as their primary language calls them chips and <insert local language> for french fries

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u/Send_Me_Huge_Tits 3d ago

Those fries are still called fries in Europe. You don't know what chips are.

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u/Mijman 3d ago

As an English person;

We've never disagreed on what fries are. Fries are fries.

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u/extHonshuWolf 3d ago

Bottom ones are fries anyone who said other wise has no idea how big a chip needs to be.

As for the crisps it would be a bit weird if we called them potato chips so it makes sense for us.

And that's england by the way I'm not representing 44 different countrys which is even more funny considering we aren't even considered part of it anymore.

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u/shibbikitteh 3d ago

Chips aren't in this picture I'm afraid

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u/AlexTheConfuddled 3d ago

Honestly in the UK we use both “chips” and “fries” for fries, depending on the type. Thicker “chips” are different from thinner “fries”. There isn’t a distinct difference but I’d say it’s like a spectrum with “chips” at one end and “fries” at the other

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u/PenguinWithGuns 3d ago

Is it really that hard for people to understand words change for stuff all over the world. It’s not a big deal

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u/BananaAntics 3d ago

As an American, I wholeheartedly believe the UK’s terms are a more accurate description of the end product.

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u/OpinionDumper 3d ago

Top: Crisps

Bottom: Fries

Not depicted: Chips

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u/Flashwastaken 3d ago

The bottom ones are not chips. Chips are thicker. This is a picture of crisps and fries. I think Europeans know what they are called, since we invented all three. Americans sitting around with potatoes for centuries, not realising how awesome they are. Its the only decent thing Walter Raleigh did. The cunt.

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u/MasterQueef495 3d ago

Chunky ones are chips, skinny ones are fries, and thinly sliced ones are crisps

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u/Ithalendra 3d ago

Those are fries in UK and Ireland too - thicker cut are chips. We have cookies and biscuits too, as for us not all biscuits are cookies (though our biscuits are very different from yours)

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u/PHNX132 3d ago

Top is crisps, bottom is fries and there are no chips here

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u/EnbySwitchathon 3d ago

Europeans with awful sleep schedules have entered the chat

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u/Impossible_Pop620 3d ago

The top ones are definitely called CRISPS. Bcos they're crispy, geddit? Although can confirm the bottom ones are fries or French fries, also rather crispy. Chips (in the UK usage) are larger cut potato pieces, fried so that the outer edge is crispy, but the (more substantial than fries) inner portion is soft and fluffy. They are actually rather difficult to find in Britain, as most chip shop chips are just soggy although tasty. The double/triple cooking techniques are an attempt to achieve the crispy/fluffy textures I think.

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u/Expensive-Excuse-793 3d ago

You're right. They are fries

Chunky ones are chips.

(Not all of britain is asleep 😈🇬🇧)

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u/I_summon_poop 3d ago

Top crisps, bottom french fries. Proper chips are thick and fluffy potato inside.

For reference see "Samwise Gamgee"

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u/taywerr69 3d ago

More like everywhere in the world except America.

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u/RedofPaw 3d ago

I'm in the UK.

Yes we call crisps crisis, but when it comes to the other we don't just call them all chips.

The thin ones are fries, the chunky ones are chips.

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u/Weary_Drama1803 3d ago

British “chips” are just really thick fries, they still call the thin ones “fries”