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Only in America

Only in America: Lost in translation

The U.S. boots a British tourist after officials misunderstand his Twitter slang — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A British tourist was handcuffed and barred from entering the U.S. because he had tweeted that he planned to "destroy America." Leigh Van Bryan, 26, says he tried explaining to special agents in Los Angeles that "destroy," in current slang, simply means to "party quite hard in," but his clarification fell on deaf ears. "They just told me, 'You've really f---ed up with that tweet, boy,'" said Van Bryan.