Wait do American people not call their friends mate?? Is this a thing???
Yup. I’m sure some do but mostly people just say friend. Which is boring but whatever.
Wait so you go up to your friends and be like “Hello friend.”
we use names
When I lived in England, I was initially confused by everyone calling each other “mate”, because in the U.S. it usually means a romantic or sexual partner.
Other British usages that tripped me up: pants, bum, pissed, and rubber. The last was a source of great amusement the first time I encountered it. My first year in London, I was a grad student and lived in a university residence hall. Two other students, a guy and a woman, came to my room and asked, “Have you got a rubber we could borrow?” Assuming they meant a condom, I was bewildered by the request to borrow one, since I certainly wouldn’t want it back when they were finished. After a momentary pause, I stammered, “Umm, I don’t think so.” “Ahh,” the guy replied, “You’re an American. I believe you call it an ‘eraser’.”