Welcome to the land of the weird and the beautiful—the ancient sceptred isles, where people drink their beer by the pints, celebrate mysterious Bank Holidays that occur several times a year, and toss their trash out the first time they see a bin. Bins are holy there and the chance to do so comes very rarely, if ever.

But according to Jessica Rose, an American who’s been living in great Blighty for the past few decades, the list doesn’t end there.

Recently, Jessica listed all the “weird as hell things” Brits do in a thread that amassed 64.8K likes and went viral with people praising how spot-on it is. Let’s get ready for the quaint and quirky ride in the land of Britons.

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T Simmons
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4 months ago

100%

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Doggo Froggo
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4 months ago

That is not very accurate at all. Yours sincerely, Doggo

Doggo
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4 months ago

oh hi brother

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Marcellus the Third
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4 months ago

Interesting. [If you miss the point: When a Brit tells you "interesting" they mean "what complete rot, you poor misguided soul"... This often catches non-Brits offguard, e.g. at conferences --- "their team leader found our proposal interesting, let's work it out further and we'll surely be promoted!" Yeah not a chance.]

Tabitha L
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4 months ago

This is good to know. I use interesting very often. But I use it because I'm interested in what is being said. I will try to remember that interesting is not a compliment from a Brit.

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Freya Fluharty
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4 months ago

Sincerely is when you know the person's name. Faithfully is for Sir/Madam.

Moriarty2
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4 months ago

So how are you supposed to end an email that's professional?

Miss Milinky
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4 months ago

"Kind regards"...but just "Regards" if they are an a**e. That's a deep cut right there.

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Sum Guy
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4 months ago

It's important to know when that 2% starts

InfectedVoice
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4 months ago (edited)

First part not really, second part yeah kind of, it's all about the way you say it, like the c-word, we have many different tones for the c-word, you can call your best friend or your worst enemy the c-word.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
4 months ago

WTF? I have UK in-laws. "Sincerely" is "indifferently", I thought?

Chris Jones
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4 months ago

Haven't seen sincerely used in an email in years to be honest. In the UK it transferred over briefly from business letters but soon got dropped in favour of more informal language. For little known work associations it is regards or best regards. Graduate to kind regards to best wishes when you know them better. Family, never used sincerely. Tends to be 'take care' if you aren't close but want to be nice. So this one doesn't chime with me much at all. We do swear at each other but not quite how she's got it. I think she may still be missing some of the subtle sarcasm. Just my take tho.😃

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H Edwards
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4 months ago

It might mean 'f**k off' if it was an email to a friend. But as a way to end a formal email, especially to someone you don't know, it's the done thing.

Suzanne Haigh
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2 months ago

Why do Americans make out that every British person swears every other word, it is so untrue. Unless they only mix with riff raff when here.

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
3 months ago

Not sure where you are in Britain but not in any area I live or have lived in, must be rough

Caroline Driver
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4 months ago

Depends how old you are and how you were taught to write letters. I was always told 'faithfully to a stranger, sincerely to a friend' and that's what I mean when I use either

AlmightyOne
Community Member
4 months ago

No offense to our British pals here on BP but please understand how weird I think you are now ❤️

sylvantic
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4 months ago

wait what? i usually sign sincerely. you don't deserve my love, best sounds weird, you don't deserve my passive-aggressive regards, and i have no need to thank you. sincerely, Sylvanticx

B
Community Member
4 months ago

"... 2% of the time it is a precursor to violence"... Well yes, when sober. As the evening progresses and the level of drunkedness increases, so exponentially does the percentage chance that fisticuffs will occur.

Aroace tiger
Community Member
4 months ago

Well. Yea depends on the context 😂

Periwinkle
Community Member
4 months ago

Well.. It's passive aggression.

Louloubelle
Community Member
4 months ago

So, let me get this straight. If you're polite, then you're being insulting. But if you're rude and swearing, then you like each other. Do I have this right?😊

Phoenix
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4 months ago

Yup

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Bored Panda reached out to the author of this viral thread, Jessica Rose, a woman in her 30s who works in the technology industry. After 10 years, Jessica still lives in Birmingham, UK and says that she really likes most things about life in the UK.

When asked what British things Jessica really likes, she said that as an American, she finds the National Health Service “mind-bogglingly amazing.”

“I also really love the public transport here. And almost everything about Birmingham. Am I allowed to mention it's the best city in the UK? I don't think there's much I dislike about living here, some things are just still weird after 10 years.”

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Delboy
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4 months ago

It is NEVER optional

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Sarcastic Panda
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4 months ago

all of these are essential things

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But that doesn’t mean that Jessica doesn’t miss the American way of living. “It seems like a silly thing to miss, but as my days get really busy, I miss shops being open as late as they are in the states,” she told us.

Jessica also believes that “a lot of the misconceptions of and stereotypes about the British mistakenly group all of the UK into a homogeneous lump while the UK is really a massively diverse group of people across our 4 countries (N. Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England).”

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Gëë Bëë
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4 months ago

Yeah many beaches in the north are mostly pebbles and yes......you will be mugged by seagulls for your watch, keys, wallet and finally your chips and there is nothing you can do about it and nobody can help.

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James016
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4 months ago

No milk = no tea

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Dee Mcgee
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4 months ago

Good thanks, you?

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This is the case with the famous English breakfast. “For example, people from outside the UK often think of the English breakfast as something singularly British, while overlooking the (far superior) Scottish fryups,” Jessica said.

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Delboy
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4 months ago

It is logical, we allow sockets, BUT we have specific codes as to where they are allowed to be placed, and since the UK's houses are small, most bathrooms are too small to be able to keep a socket outsize the zone areas

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Eliška Hůlková
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4 months ago

At least it's healthy.

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Andy Mutch
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4 months ago

Please, oh please, cure us of that one! (Not that you're much good at picking rulers,)

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troufaki13
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4 months ago

Britishes??

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Martha Meyer
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4 months ago

The difference is in the smell and sticking to your shoes intensity. Dpg poop is extremely disgusting. Horse poop not so much.

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cybermerlin2000
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4 months ago

We go to the counter and let them know what is wrong. We very rarely have to ask for it to be corrected as the person behind the counter usually offers to fix it and offer options.

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Jessica didn't expect her Twitter thread to go as viral as it did. “I half hoped a few people would see it as I was quite proud of the phrase 'sugared houseplants.' I hope folks liked it!”

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Alex K
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4 months ago

"britishes"

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Doggo Froggo
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4 months ago

Just being polite.

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Daniel Marsh
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4 months ago

"After you." "No, after you." "No, dammit, I SAID AFTER YOU." "Look you little f***face, I said after you!!!"

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T Simmons
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4 months ago

The hot water supply comes from a tank in the loft, which could be contaminated. It was UK law to keep hot and cold separate to keep drinking water (cold) clean. now its just tradition.

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Sarcastic Panda
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4 months ago

the old-fashioned SWEET shops have some of the best sweets out there, tbh

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Periwinkle
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4 months ago

Actually, This is an irish thing, Also a British thing but we will slam dunk you if you don't complete your round in ireland.

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Samantha Comerford
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4 months ago

Classical music played by classically trained musicians. Outdoor , elegance at its finest

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Gëë Bëë
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4 months ago

It was actually introduced during the war when water could be cut off or there were many shortages. Filling up a bowl uses half the amount of your sink. People just carried on using them as saving water is always a good idea. Remember our tap water is our drinking water too.

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James016
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4 months ago

There are two types of people, those who put the milk in tea last and those who are wrong ;)

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Tracey Anne
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4 months ago

Have you tried them? They are bloody excellent.

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Dee Mcgee
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4 months ago

Slightly burnt with ketchup ...yep

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Cactus Mother
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4 months ago

We say it more than once too before putting the phone down 😂

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Dee Mcgee
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4 months ago

We also invented the pronunciation of the language so we are right.

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