We all know that there's stereotypes about our hometowns. Never is this more proficient than when you go to university. I thought I was from West Lancashire, but according to everyone I met - I'm Scouse. Therefore, I'm a thief.
That's the thing about stereotypes, no-one really knows where they come from. But they're stuck now and there's nothing we can do about it.
Reddit user eurocrat97 uploaded a handy map of the U.K. which shows some quite offensive stereotypes. Well, some people find it offensive but come on... it's nothing we've never heard before.
The map has (understandably) attracted quite a few comments. Many are regarding the North/South divide which is a controversial point on it's own. Where's the Midlands?! I can explicitly say that Brummies don't consider themselves Northern or Southern. Editor's note: And the greatest city on the planet, Nottingham.
But you know what? Let them come over to the North. That's fine. It helps our numbers for when we eventually take the South and make it into one big Greggs.
The thing is, we all need to stick together. Americans take the piss out of us enough as it is. Remember when that American listed all the things they thought was weird about the U.K.?
Some are accurate and others utter tosh. Here's our 'highlights':
- British people do not use umbrellas, even though it rains every day.
- Everyone says sorry for everything; it's often best to start any request with "sorry . . ."
- If you look confused and/or scared when crossing the street, drivers will often speed up instead of the opposite.
- There are no plugs in the bathrooms - unclear how British women blow-dry their hair (this is a possible explanation for why some have bad hair).
- Crisps means potato chips and they have bizarre flavours like Bolognese and roast chicken (yes, roast chicken is an actual potato chip flavour here).
- British people do not say 'cheers' and tap glasses when drinking with friends. It's apparently embarrassing and "American" to do so. They do, however, say 'cheers' many times a day, but it means "thank you and goodbye."
- If you have a "cider black" (aka a snakebite) at a pub you might think you got roofied, but you didn't.
- Don't try to order any fancy drinks at a pub, just play it cool, order "a pint" and drink whatever is in there.
- Eggs are inexplicably not refrigerated and are often hidden in a regular food aisle.
- British people love talking about the weather. This is not a stereotype; it's a fact.
- A shopping bag is not automatically included in your purchase at a store; if you miss the question 'would you like a bag?' you will have to awkwardly carry your items out in your hands and act like you planned that.
- James Corden and Jeremy Corbyn are two different people.
- The coins are not sized by worth; the 2p is inexplicably huge while 2p is very small [in value]. Best to hold out your change in your hand when paying and pretend you don't speak English.
- If you live near Fulham Road it does not necessarily mean you live near Fulham.
- Bank Holidays happen several times a year, but no one actually knows what the holiday is in celebration of. Incidentally, if you say 'Happy Bank Holiday' to an English person, they will not know how to respond; it is not the equivalent of 'Happy Fourth of July!'
- If it's sunny in London and someone is visiting from literally anywhere else, it's actually illegal if you don't say, 'Thanks for bringing us the sunshine!'
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