7 stereotypes about British people that everyone believes

Don't believe everything you hear - our average rainfall is lower than European rainy season average. 

Elsa Vulliamy
Thursday 17 December 2015 19:47 GMT
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Do you love tea, enjoy polite queuing and take an umbrella everywhere you go? Probably, but that's not the point.

Many Brits experience frustration at the number of stereotypes that people enforce on them. And just like most stereotypes they are usually harmless – and often untrue.

In response to a question posted on Quora, Britons have listed the most common and unfounded examples:

1. They all have a ‘British accent’

“There is no such thing as a British Accent but there are accents and dialects. People from the South sound completely different from people from the North.”

2. They love the Royal Family

“There are quite a few Brits who either outright dislike the concept (if not he family itself), or don't particularly care for it. They bring in a lot of tourist money and occasionally there's a day off for something or the other so tolerance and tempered appreciation wins out.”

3. They have terrible food

“England is a fantastic place to eat with a hugely varied cuisine from all around the world.

“I'm not sure how it stacks up compared to other cities when it comes to expensive gourmet meals in five star restaurants and I honestly don't care.

“I do know that for someone on a reasonable budget it's fantastic. It also has the best Indian food on the planet (better than India).”

4. All British people are English

“Great Britain is the name of an Island containing three countries. The inhabitants of these countries are very different.

“Most [‘British’] stereotypes seem to refer to the English.”

5. British people are rude

“Particularly in London. Unless you stand on the left hand side of the escalator on the Tube; then you're in for a lot of rudeness.”

6. They are permanently wet

“While there is no 'dry' season, the average rainfall during our rainy months is in fact lower than the European rainy season average. Greece has as much rain as us in its rainy season.”

7. Everyone has a charming accent like the English folk on the TV


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