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May 15, 2013


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The USA is the loudest nation on Earth. Its culture is presented to the rest of the planet in all forms of media, and has been for the decades that I've been parked in front of the TV. Kids in remote corners of the world grow up watching Sesame Street. I did, and as a result say "Zee" instead of "Zed", which pissed off my English teacher something fierce.
For those that take my jibes, barbs and sarcasm too seriously: I have no problem with that kind of cultural permeation. Far from it. I find it rather fascinating.
It has however led to a few "WTF?" moments. Questions as to what those crazy Yanks are talking about, as there is nothing comparable elsewhere. They're never in regards to anything major. Just little cultural quirks that have never escaped beyond the borders and, as such, are seen by outsiders as a total f**king mystery.

Things like "S'mores".

"S'more" is a word I've heard and read since the 80s.
"Let's make S'mores"
"Can we have S'mores?"
What the hell are you people talking about??!
I'd deduced that it was something to do with camping and, somehow, involved marshmallows. Was this what the Colonials called the practice of toasting marshmallows? How the hell did they arrive at that as a phrase? It never dawned on me as to what a "S'more" really was as no one, in any part of the world I have travelled, has ever sat by a campfire, looked at the marshmallow they're toasting and thought "Y'know what this needs? More sugar."
The blessed saviour of the ignorant, Wikipedia, has finally scratched that trans-century itch. I now know what a S'more is, and can go back to eating my deep-fried Mars bar in peace.
  • Listening to: Booming orchestral scores
  • Reading: a book
  • Watching: Craptacular anime
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: Bread
  • Drinking: Water
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rustyironmonger Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You haven't heard of/tried balut, durian, mock duck, surströmming, rakfisk, hákarl or kiviak.
Taharka Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
You should try a s'most.

Take the typical S'more recipe (toasted marshmallow, chocolate, Graham Crackers) and replace the Graham Crackers with Apple Cinnamon Pop-tarts (or whatever the closest equivalent is in fair blighty).

S'most you can eat is one!
ShawnLeroy Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, s'mores... I once had to explain what s'mores were to a Brit. Thank God for Wikipedia, or I wouldn't even know how to describe them appropriately.

I think the word originated from a lazy bastardization of the two words "Some" and "More". Two cowboys slurred those together one night while drunk by the camp fire and toasting marshmallows. One decided that he'd make a sandwich with the marshmallows and what he had at hand, which happened to be Graham Crackers (had to explain what these were, too - they are crackers made from wheat and honey, essentially) and chocolate. What they discovered was culinary GENIUS.

"Say, Jed. Can I have S'more?"
JMiera Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
mmm S'mores :heart:
RamoranScout Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I myself can only handle one or two S'mores before the sugar overwhelms me and I explode. They're really tasty though.
Neko-Kitty-Ninja Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm American and I always thought they were associated with winter, but I figured out this year that they're more of a summers treat

And the name I'm 99% sure came from "Yes I'd like some more" and later s'more was just the mesh of the last two words

I just use my gas stove in California, light the marshmallow on fire, let it burn for a bit before blowing it out and smoothing it while its still red hot so that it partially melts the chocolate

Mouth watering if I do say so myself, with a big glass of milk :3
Misterichart Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Why, one of us most likely said.. Billy Joe, what are these?" I don't know But they sure Are good, Give me Smore" and the rest is As they say History.... love your Journals!!! ...
Geekhyena Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
I've always preferred taking a toasted marshmallow, sliding the chocolate inside it, and then shoving the whole hot gooey mess into my mouth. Or just eating the melty marshmallow itself.
6-Qubed Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
They have entire displays dedicated to s'mores at Walmart. I've never understood the fascination, myself. Mainly because it involves graham crackers, which I never liked because my especially cheap preschool only ever bought graham crackers for snacks.

And then later I found out that the guy who made them thought he could make people stop fucking so much by eating the stupid things, and thus I rejected them on moral grounds.
TheGreatHibiki Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Never cared for S'mores.

Gimmie some nice Cadbury cream eggs and we're prime. Have loved those since a child I was.
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