I found this list while browsing the online Metro magazine. I thought I would share it as it’s quite funny. 

Top 50 ‘typically British’ traits

1. Talking about the weather *agree – we do. A lot*
2. Great at queueing 

3. Sarcasm 
*…ahem, yep*
4. Watching soaps *we love our soaps!*
5. Getting drunk 
*who, moi?*
6. A love of bargains 

7. A love of curtain twitching 

8. Stiff upper lip 

9. Love of all television 

10. Moaning 

11. Obsession with class 

12. Gossiping with neighbours over the garden fence 
*agree – do love a good gossip*
13. Obsession with the traffic 

14. Enjoying other people’s misfortune 

15. Inability to complain *I will eat the veg that are still frozen*
16. Love of cheap foreign holidays 

17. Working long hours 

18. A soothing cup of tea to ease worries *well, who doesn’t love a good cuppa?*
19. Eating meat and two veg 
*love a good steak*
20. Looking uncomfortable on the dance floor 
*hey! I have some wicked dance moves*
21. Feeling uncomfortable when people talk about their emotions 

22. Clever sense of humour 
*yes, I am clever*
23. Obsession with property values 

24. Pandering to political correctness 

25. Road rage 
*guilty, although I’m very polite about it*
26. Being unhappy with our weight*guilty*
27. Wanting a good tan 
*love a tan, although it’s hard when there’s no sun 365 days a year*
28. Being proud of where we live 

29. Not saying what we mean 

30. The ability to laugh at ourselves 

31. Washing the car on a Sunday *hubster is guilty of this, he’s obsessed*
32. Taking the mickey out of others 

33. Asking people about their journey 

34. Inability not to comment on how other people bring up their children 

35. Jealousy of wealth and success 

36. Being overly polite 

37. Texting instead of calling 
*oops, guilty*
38. An inability to express our emotions 

39. Obsession with the Royal Family 
*I love our Royal Family*
40. Fondness for mowing the lawn 
*another obsession for hubby*
41. Love of rambling through the countryside 
*yep, I do love a good ramble*
42. A love of all things deep fried 

43. Emulating celebrity lifestyles 

44. Leaving things to the last minute 
45. Irony 

46. Keeping our homes neat and tidy 
47. Take decisions and accept the consequences 

48. Achieving against all odds 

49. Wanting our sportsmen / teams to fail 

50. DIY on a Bank Holiday 


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Blodeuedd December 18, 2009 at 8:59 am

I am many of those too ;)


Vivienne December 18, 2009 at 9:18 am

We are experts at queuing. Especially outside women's toilets whilst the men's loos are always empty!


Becky December 18, 2009 at 9:21 am

Tea – yes indeed it does ease worries, scientific studies have proven it. I couldn't live without tea, it's my one vice. Oh, other than books obviously.


Sandy Nawrot December 18, 2009 at 10:28 am

That is hilarious! I can't help but think about National Lampoon's European Vacation movie with the Griswolds. When they arrive in London, of course they can't figure out the driving on the left side of the road, and continually keep hitting pedestrians, cars and bicyclists. And the injured parties just keep saying "oh no problem, really! It's just a flesh wound! Here, have my bumper as a souvenir!". Ever polite!


Lexie December 18, 2009 at 12:06 pm

lol I re-posted this to a fandom I'm in called 'Hetalia' since they will get a kick out of what Arthur is like…


hcmurdoch December 18, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Great list! I am sending the post to my cousins in Wales, Scotland and England! And, when my mum and dad wake up they will appreciate it as well!


Sagi December 18, 2009 at 1:06 pm

roflmao i love your list its hilarious


Cleverly Inked December 18, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Too funny


MarceJ December 19, 2009 at 4:49 am

Love that list, to funny

I'm from a British colony so completely agree with many.

And personally I text instead of calling also :-0


Kate December 19, 2009 at 1:47 pm

I tick a lot of these =D


Mash1195 December 19, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Lmao reading the list. Am thinking that I should be locating to the UK as I fall into many of those items. Looking forward to Jan 1st to start reading books the Suspense/Thriller that you are hosting and one that I have entered into. Have a very Happy Holiday.


KyleeJ December 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm

With the exception of maybe 5 of those… I am "Typically British".

Thanks for letting me know what Cream Crackered means. I really couldn't resist signing up at that level.


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