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Top 10 British Stereotypes that Aren't Bloody True

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Written by Richard Bush Ah yes, let’s meet up for some cheese and scones with Prince Will himself in our average, yet giant country house built of brick, mortar and tea bags - said no Brit ever. Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top ten British stereotypes that simply aren't true - for the vast majority of us, anyway. We’re all subject to being stereotyped at some point, especially us Brits, and we wanted to dispel some of the most commonly perceived idioms aimed at the British public. So, whether you’re German, French, Italian, American or Canadian - yes we’re looking at you WatchMojo HQ - listen up. Special thanks to our user MikeMJPMUNCH for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 British Stereotypes That Aren’t Bloody True


Ah yes, let’s meet up for some cheese and scones with Prince Will himself in our average, yet giant country house built of brick, mortar and tea bags - said no Brit ever.

Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top ten British stereotypes that simply aren't true - for the vast majority of us, anyway. We’re all subject to being stereotyped at some point, especially us Brits, and we wanted to dispel some of the most commonly perceived idioms aimed at the British public. So, whether you’re German, French, Italian, American or Canadian - yes we’re looking at you WatchMojo HQ - listen up.

#10: How’s the Weather?


Truth is, people talk about the weather as it’s the perfect common ground - it’s the same for everyone and there’s very little chance of getting into an argument about it. To say that’s all we talk about though is just plain wrong. Used more as a foot in the door of a conversation rather than out-and-out subject matter, the weather is mentioned in passing, and that’s all really. A bit like saying “how are you?”. We don’t gather in remote sheds to whisper about the fact that it rained the week before.

#9: Always Apologetic


Bump into a British person on the street, chances are they will say sorry, even if it wasn’t their fault. Some people mistake this for being overly polite though - we say it’s just manners. We do love to keep the peace where possible, but we can have a moan when it comes down to it, especially if we don’t get what we want or someone is taking advantage of us. In fact, sometimes people will say sorry but mean something completely different. For example, pushing past someone and saying “sorry” may actually mean “move, you’re in my way”.

#8: We Love to Queue


Love is a strong word. Saying you love something is proudly proclaiming that you’d go out of your way to associate yourself with it. That’s just not true when it comes to us Brits and queuing. Similar to saying “sorry” and the manners we just mentioned, we do it because it keeps order. A lot of people in a lot of different countries queue, we just don’t moan about it as much. Unless someone pushes in that is. You’ve got to do it - it’s the rules, just get on with it.

#7: Tea is Life


Do we like to drink tea, sure. Do we also like to eat, sleep and be merry, yes. British people do drink tea, but it’s not a religious act, we don’t congregate in groups to go on a Friday night mad one at the tea room. And in fact, if you were to ask a group of Brits what hot beverage they prefer, half of them, if not more, would probably say coffee anyway. We Brits do drink tea, but probably just as much as anyone else in the world.

#6: Everyone's a Football Fan


Cricket, rugby, tennis, netball, badminton, hockey - the list goes on - the point is, there are many uber popular sports in Britain, which means we’re not all necessarily football fans. In fact many fans of other sports actively dislike football, particularly rugby fans. It’s true, the likes of the Premier League is sometimes described as the most eclectic, fastest and downright exciting league in football, but that doesn’t make every British person football mad - or a drunk, violent football hooligan.

#5: We Sound like Cockneys or Aristocrats


Oi oi! How do you do? Hollywood likes to aim for either broad cockney or posh, wartime pronunciation when it comes to British accents, as it makes it more digestible for overseas viewers. But in reality, Britain has some of the most diverse accents in the entire world, housing almost 60 different types. And many of these accents come with their own unique dialects too. It’s usually British films, especially independent ones, that really showcase these tones - with the likes of scouse, geordie, mancunian and Welsh.

#4: Stiff Upper Lip


Keeping a stiff upper lip basically means staying emotionally reserved in the face of adversity - think “Keep Calm and Carry On” and you’ll see what we mean. This is commonly attributed to British people due to wartime attitudes and politics. But that doesn’t mean we’re not passionate and outspoken about what we believe in. To be honest, in today’s society, it’s difficult to find a Briton who isn’t prepared to make their feelings known and carries a personal opinion on current affairs. There’s always a protest going on somewhere - just watch the news.

#3: We Either Live in London or the Countryside


It’s easy to see why people believe this - you see a postcard for Britain and it’s either of a cottage or of Big Ben. But we don’t all live in a thriving metropolis or idyllic country setting. Nope. Many of us live in crowded, underdeveloped cities and in small, less than ideal houses or flats in the middle of nowhere. In a way, this stereotype represents the two polar opposites of British life - and something many of us may actually aspire to. So, more of a dream than a reality really.

#2: Terrible Teeth


Another idea fuelled by Hollywood is that all Britons have crooked, discoloured teeth. Yes, we’ve all seen Austin Powers. Britons having bad teeth is a go to for many jokers around the world. But why is that? Well, some think it’s down to our lack of healthy sunshine, our inexpressive facial mannerisms and even our mass consumption of tea. But the fact is, figures suggest that Britain is actually one of the best countries for dental hygiene, much better than places like the U.S. So chew on that.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honourable mentions

Our Food Sucks

All Kids go to Private or Boarding School

We’re All English

#1: We All Love the Royals


Let’s get one thing straight - a lot of people in Britain do not like the royals. And while we’re at it, we don’t all know them on a personal basis either! They're rich, they can be lazy, they've dressed up in Nazi uniforms - the anti-Royal argument can be quite strong. Although royal weddings and birthdays get plastered all over newspapers, all over the world, there are many people who dislike this regime and happily protest against the monarchy. So, next time there’s a royal occasion, don’t assume we’re all sporting a t-shirt with their faces on it.
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