Ah yes, such meme.

  1. Artist can't draw perspectives but had to put it above ground level so you could make a better argument for the british version

  2. Guess I’ve never paid much attention to this but in USA I’ve always used first floor and ground floor interchangeably. I’ve never heard of the British scale.

  3. Not from English speaking country but we have Ground floor then 1 up is 1st floor etc. So I chose British it's natural

  4. In my experience growing up and living in the northeastern US, “ground floor” is most commonly used in elevators and when talking about the first above-ground floor of a relatively tall building such as a hospital or office. “First floor” is usually used when talking about the first above-ground floor of a house or apartment building.

  5. From the UK here, I’ve always used ground floor and at least where I’m from most people would take first floor as the first one off the ground, so the picture is correct for us.

  6. My girlfriend is swiss and anytime we play ground branch we misscomunicate what floor we're on because apparently this also the german system

  7. I've been in a few elevators that have G for the lobby and 1 for what I would consider the second floor. Was confusing at first but I learned after a few stops on the 1st floor as I was coming down. Didn't realize it was a British thing.

  8. It's not just a British thing. Other countries do this too. Confused me for a while coming from 1,2,3 Sweden to G,1,2 Denmark.

  9. Some places will even mark a parking as G for garage. But it is also common for a star to mark which floor can be exited by walking.

  10. And that explains why a certain American singer never met the girl he was “supposed to meet on the third floor..” So he goes home with the armadillo.

  11. Yes because the ground floor IS the first floor lol you start with 1 when counting so ground floor has to be the first floor.

  12. Maybe the taxation is different depending on the number of floors? Seems to be that it used to be like that in Barcelona (or even Spain?):

  13. Plot twist: in Chicago many old buildings have half or even a full flight of stairs leading up to a high first floor. It’s not uncommon for an old building’s first floor to be the same height off the ground as the second floor of a modern building next door.

  14. First floor IS the ground floor. That's the first floor you enter. There isn't a zero floor. First floor/ground floor then count up. First floor should not be the second floor that makes no sense lmao

  15. there is a lot of love i have for british terms and colloquialisms vs my native american. trash can? nah. it’s a bin. metric >>>>> w/e the us uses.

  16. To me it makes more sense to start from 0. When you go below ground you go to -1, -2. If you're on the 3rd floor you have to go up 3 flights of stairs from ground.

  17. So if a house only has the ground and a first floor, do y’all call it only a one story house? And you call a 1 story house a zero story house?

  18. In Canada we use the American version of this except we usually say “ground floor” instead of “first floor.” So it goes “ground floor, second floor, third floor, etc. etc.”

  19. I live in Chicago and the floors of my apartment building go G, 1, 2, 3. It is debated whether G stands for Ground or for Garden (as in Garden apartment)

  20. British system doesn’t make sense. There are (literally) four floors in this building. You can go inside it yourself and count them. To say the fourth floor from the bottom is the third floor makes absolutely no sense.

  21. Definitely not. Probably more people in the world use the “American” system than the “British” one. Large chunks of Asia, Africa, North America, and South America start with the first floor. From looking at rough maps of this, it looks like there’s a “Western Europe and some of the countries they colonized” system and then there’s a “rest of world” system (which is what’s being called the American system here).

  22. There are some American Hotels that are transitioning to the European method I guess. I pushed 1st floor and was on what I am used to being second. I avoided the G on the pad because I assumed it was Garage. It took a minute to adapt.

  23. British system doesn’t make sense. There are (literally) four floors in this building. You can go inside it yourself and count them. To say the fourth floor from the bottom is the third floor makes absolutely no sense.

  24. Germans do it the same way, ground floor being the "Erdgeschoss". I never understood why and I absolutely hate it. It's the first floor that is built, why not start counting with 1?

  25. See, i can understand the ground floor thing cause its interchangeable with 1st floor because both terms are technically accurate, but the idea of calling the second floor the first floor is extremely strange since if quantify the amount of floors that exist within the building the second floor in the American system is the second instance of a floor that you encounter in the building

  26. It's not just an English thing. It's more like the usual "Rest of the World" thing, as even here in Hungary we consider the first "layer" of the building as "Ground-floor" or in Hungarian "Földszint" which means ~"Ground-level"~.

  27. I work in a hotel in Ireland and its such an effort trying to explain to Americans the different floors. It confuses them even more that we've a basement floor.

  28. in office buildings it's the lobby, and we start counting normally, so if the lobby has really high ceilings, the first actual floor above it might be the 3rd floor. (was the case in my last building)

  29. In the U.S. we do this because we often call the basement floor “0”. Like at my college, classrooms on the first floor of an academic building were 101 etc. and the ground floor classrooms were 001 etc.

  30. I was in Europe and rented an airbnb. I followed the host’s instructions but couldn’t open the lockbox to the 3rd floor apartment I had rented. I spent an hour trying to call the host, who wasn’t answering their phone before heading back to the staircase and noticing that the floor I was on was marked 2 instead of 3. And that’s how I learned Europeans number their floors differently than Americans.

  31. In the US, we would call the ground floor the floor the front entrance is on, I think. Usually that’s the 1st floor but I lived on the 2nd floor of my college dorm and that was on the ground floor because it was on the same floor as the lobby. There was even a ground exit near my room, but there was also a floor beneath mine that had its own ground exits.

  32. I've noticed it's mixed in the UK. I looked at a flat thst was suppose to be first floor. I thought it was the top flat. No... It was the ground floor. I was so diaspointed.

  33. See, clearly the british name convention is inspired by programmers, everyone hates an array that starts at 1 instead of 0

  34. I've been in hotels out here in the us that have the same floor names as the British side too. Depends on what hotel you go to

  35. Ummm actually meme can bê an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation. 🤓🤓🤓

  36. If you were in America and said "ground floor" nobody would look at you like you had bugs crawling out of your eyes. We can gleam information contextually from time to time.

  37. Most elevators I've seen with a "G" (ground floor) skip the "1" (first floor) and go straight to "2" (second floor).

  38. Aside from having nothing to do with language itself, we got both naming conventions around here. More confusing when a building is built into a hill and has entrances on different floors. I worked on a building with 2nd Floor, 1st Floor, Ground Floor, and Lower Level.

  39. I’m not British or English speaking country, and we also use ground floor, followed by first floor, etc. like the British one

  40. Get this, many apartment buildings in Austria have the ground floor, upper ground floor or mezzanine, and THEN the first floor. So Austrian Floor 1 is American Floor 3!

  41. I mean the conversation probably happened where someone said “wait but wouldn’t the first floor be the ground floor? Because it is in fact the first floor of the building?”. And then they said “oh fuck” and had to change it in our lexicon.

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