It's no secret that Americans have a lot of obvious tics that identify them to other people around the world. Whether it's a tourist not even making an effort to speak a country's native language during travel abroad or bizarre sayings Americans use on the internet, it seems that people from across the world have interesting stereotypes of United States citizens of all shapes and sizes. If you don't want to be outed as an ignorant American abroad, take notes on this list of things Americans do that immediately give them away — from nicknames for specific years of high school and college to identifying perhaps a little too hard with the culture their ancestors immigrated to the U.S. from. You don't want to get caught misreading the date and month in Europe and miss your flight home.
If you want to stand in defiance and proudly seem more American, take notes as well. It seems our obsessions with driving and prescription medication give us away to the international community. Or just go ahead and talk loudly about tipping and ambulance fees. Here are some awkward and obnoxious things said by American tourists.