I stumbled across this BBC article today, 10 American Habits Brits Will Never Understand, and discovered we unkowingly committed #7 the other day!
7. Drinking milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea. Americans must have missed the memo because they drink the stuff neat. To me, this is only slightly less absurd than eating a plate of salt and pepper for dinner.
Last week, Lincoln had an after school disco. While we were waiting, I decided to take Sienna to the local farm shop for a treat. Sienna chose the gooey, sweet, chocolate mint cake with the fondant Christmas tree. She asked for a glass of milk to wash it down. As an American, that seemed like a very reasonable request.
When we got to the register, I ordered the milk. The guy behind the counter asked if we wanted it cold or warm. I asked Sienna and replied that we would take a “large glass of cold milk!” with more enthusiasm than is normally attributed to me.
He then look quite befuddled as if I had suddenly grown three heads. He did this half chuckle half mutter in disbelief act. He asked if we wanted it in a tea cup. He was not kidding. Then I became confused. Who drinks milk out of a tea cup? I told him a plastic cup would be fine.
I then became bewildered over his “strange” behavior. Expat insecurities crept in. All of a sudden I started second guessing myself. Maybe I asked for it wrong? Maybe Brits only drink warm milk?
No! Now I know that they don’t drink glasses of milk at all….at least according to this BBC article. We will still continue to ask for milk but now I’ll be prepared for the “you’ve got three heads look.”