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A British man who visited the US opened up about one of many key variations he discovered when he was overseas – leaving Americans shocked at how shopkeepers are addressed within the UK.

Josh, who goes by the username @imjoshfromengland2 on TikTok, stated America “lost its mind” at a video the place he addressed a shopkeeper as “mate”.

He stated: “One of the biggest cultural differences that I found between the UK and America is that in America, everyone would say ‘sir’ or ‘ma’am’ all the time. In the UK, we don’t do that.

“Plenty of Americans have requested, what do you say within the UK? I’m going to a store proper now to indicate you precisely what we are saying.”

He then walks inside his local corner shop where he picks up a drink and takes it to the till.

Speaking to the shopkeeper, he says: “Hello mate, how are you? Thank you mate. Thank you mate card please. Cheers mate have a great one, bye.”

During the whole interaction, Josh marks that he uses the word “mate” six times – arguably more than the standard person but Americans were still shocked nonetheless.

One person queried: “Do you say mate to girls too?” Another wrote: “Is it true that individuals within the UK additionally say ‘love’?” A third chimed in: “Why do Brits say bye so many occasions too?”

Explaining the use of “Sir” and “Ma’am”, one person said it’s “well mannered”, whereas Brits insisted in addition they use these phrases nonetheless.