American leaves Brits furious after complaining about 'rude' pub names
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An American has been slated by Brits after posting a video to TikTok complaining about rude pub names.
The @swfinds account has managed to post an absolutely massive quantity of videos on the site about supposedly British things which they claim to find confusing.
What classes as confusing can really range from anything from the windows bricked up centuries ago to avoid the window tax, to haggis being sold in supermarkets when it's illegal in the US.
Then again, they also post videos claiming that they don't understand the existence of very basic things like cress, so they're probably not being entirely serious.
In one of their recent videos they complained about 'rude' British pub names and focused on a pub sign named 'The Cock', which - as you might already have guessed - had a picture of a chicken on it.
Still, plenty seemed to be pretty sick and tired of the complaints about pub names and told the TikToker to 'stop fannying around' and 'don't be a Karen'.
Plenty pointed out that whatever the reasons for a pub being named 'The Cock' in the first place the name was sticking 'because it's funny'.
Someone else said they had 'a dirty mind' while another said the pubs were 'named before they were ever classed as rude words'.
Americans finding parts of the UK pretty weird is nothing new, and in fairness we are quite a weird bunch if you stop and think about it.
Then again, some people can't tell the difference between genuine British things and stuff made up for Harry Potter.
On the other hand, there's lots of things about America that confuse us and even when they're trying to be like us it doesn't really work.
As for some of the other rudely named pubs across the UK, here's just a few of our favourites:
The Legend of Oily Johnnies
These days the Workington pub is called Oily's, but it used to be named The Legend of Oily Johnnies, which apparently comes from a past landlord who used to sell paraffin from a nearby shed.
The landlord of the Royal Oak pub, real name James Kirkpatrick, soon earned himself the nickname 'Oily Johnnie' and it stuck.
There's actually quite a few pubs with this name across the UK, though the original 'Dirty Dicks' was apparently an 18th Century warehouse owner who had such poor standards of personal hygiene that he became legendary.
The legend of Dirty Dick convinced the landlord of The Old Jerusalem pub to rename his place after it, and this stinky figure was even supposed to be the inspiration for Charles Dickens character Miss Havisham.
Sensing a bit of a trend here? If you ever find yourself around Shoreditch and spot a pub named the Crown and Shuttle then turn your eyes skywards if you want to see Filthy Fanny's.
You can book the space to have the party of a lifetime, and presumably everyone you invite will want a picture in front of the sign.
The Rank Turd
Alright, this one is cheating slightly because someone decided to make merry with the sign of a pub called 'The Grand Turk', it's not actually called that.
They waited until the place had been shut down for refurbishment before switching around the sign and it put Kidderminster on the map.
The Moody Cow
Proving that pubs with rude names can also have rave reviews, the Moody Cow in Upton Bishop seems to be a really lovely place that anyone could enjoy a Sunday afternoon in.
This would be one moody cow you'd be happy to meet in the countryside, especially since this one is likely to serve you beer and unlikely to attack you in a field.