Looks as if quite a few members on here live in foreign regions. Does anyone else stumble over words or habits occasionally? Or find local customs -er unusual, or even idiotic. Are you ever told 'But everybody knows that!' when you ask a question or do something which, to the natives, is unexpected?
Turkey? for Christmas? But everybody eats Fondue Chinoise. Mincemeat? What's that? Of course all the boys wear smart blue trousers for Jugendfest. Everybody knows that. (This, after you have just bought your son a pair of very smart beige trousers for said event).
And if you turn up at 11 minutes past the hour to catch a coach which leaves at 15 minutes past you are branded for life. There is actually a German word which translates as 'more than punctual'! Which means that a guest who arrives at your house 'überpünktlich' might well go straight home again if the door isn't immediately opened to her five minutes before the arranged meeting time.