15 ”Normal” Things in the U.S. That Weird Out the Rest of the World

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Saying “how are you?” when we mean “hello”

When a store clerk or acquaintance in America asks, “How are you doing?” they aren’t actually looking for an answer. Instead, it’s meant as a simple greeting, similar to “Hi there!” A European, on the other hand, “will launch into a monologue about their health and wellbeing and ask [how are you?] right back and expect an answer,” Sophie-Claire Hoeller wrote for The Independent.

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