Tips for Americans trying to use the internet 

1) If something is "national", you need to specify it is the _American_ national thing. Other countries have their own national things.
2) If talking about states, you need to specify it is _American_ states. Other countries have their own states, and they don't care or know about yours.
3) Same for "the government", unless you are talking about all governments in general.
4) The majority of countries in the world are "other countries" and not the US.

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To be clear, this is not a subtoot, just a good old "Americans are self-centered" joke.

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This should be enough to get started. After y'all have mastered those, we can tackle difficult topics like time zones and units of measurement.

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@eldaking
wait you mean there are OTHER countries? 🤯

😝

American joke, dark, pol 

@yuki Yes, you know how the US invades places? Those places are countries too! What a coincidence!

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@eldaking Time zones shouldn't be too hard for people who live in a country spanning over several ones, is it?

Maybe harder because it may be abstract: Africa is not a country, neither is Europe

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@jkb @eldaking oh god, that one drives me insane.

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@jkb That's the thing, they have trouble with the idea that people don't know every timezone they mention. "But it wasn't Mountain Standard Time, it was Mountain Daylight Saving Time. But a friend was on Central and another in Pacific, see?"

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@jkb @eldaking my coworker from Liberia had a kids' book called "Africa is not a Country" 😆

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@eldaking "It's actually not that common for countries to be spread out over a whole bunch of time zones"

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@anarchiv "Actually, it's the opposite - time zones can apply to several countries at once. Yep, Mexico City is in the same timezone as Texas."

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@eldaking and letters outside ASCII :-)

Tips for Americans trying to use the internet 

@eldaking I would want to to say this but I always feared I could get banned on Mastodon because of some obscure policy I don't know about

@macki that was a joke, but if there were, it would be the US Mastodon rules and they would call them National Mastodon Rules.

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@eldaking this is going to be a slooooooowwww process, I can tell.

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@eldaking USians on international social media platforms stop using the word "foreign" challenge 2020

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@eldaking 5) AMERICA is actually a continent. there are other countries in america.

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@olivia I cut them some slack on that because it is part of the country's name (United States of...) so I accept it as a "contraction" - if the context is otherwise clear. I mean, I use Mexico for the United States of Mexico.

But might be important for them to learn it, I'll put that after the "units of measurements vs body parts" module.

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@eldaking as a south american, though, i have to admit it annoys me immensely 🙄

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@eldaking bah, tu sabe 😜

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@eldaking also people whos family background is a specifics nationality are not that nationality, they might be american-"nationality" but i dont want to see any americans describing them selves or other american as irish, italian german, swedish etc without specifying that they are american

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@eldaking

Tip for you on the internet.

0) We're not interested in your rules.

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@eldaking

1) When you mean US say that and not "American" as done in your first sentence. Follow your own rules.

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@eldaking if you know the default, it's easy to decipher.
People on the internet talking about something local without mentioning it = the US.
People on the internet talking about something local in German without mentioning it = Berlin.

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@xpac @eldaking Guilty as charged...

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