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British humor, known for its dry wit, sarcasm, and irony, has been entertaining audiences for centuries. From Shakespearean plays to contemporary TV shows, it is renowned for its ability to poke fun at societal issues and political figures.

It is no secret that Brits looove to laugh at themselves. Self-deprecation, among other things, is a common theme in British humor, as it allows for a more relatable and approachable form of comedy. So, for those who enjoy the British wit and way of life, we have something smashing prepared. Welcome to the Twitter page "No Context Brits", a place that offers a glimpse into various aspects of British culture, or as the creators describe themselves, is “a celebration of all things great about Britain”.

“No Context Brits” has already gained a large following of more than 1.6M devoted fans, showcasing a wide range of relatable and often viral tweets with no context provided. Scroll down for a daily dose of British humor! After you’re done with this list, don’t forget to check out previous posts here and here.

British humor can be a hard nut to crack sometimes, so Bored Panda reached out to Lucy Bella Simkins, an English teacher who has gained a massive following on YouTube for her engaging and informative videos about the English language. With over 9 million subscribers, Lucy has established herself as a respected authority on all things related to the English language. She also offers loads of lessons and an interactive pronunciation tool, which you can check on her website here. Scroll down for the full interview!

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now I need to find a friend whose partner’s name is Ruth and wait patiently.

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One of the defining characteristics of British humor is its subtle wit. This is often seen in British sitcoms, such as Blackadder or The IT Crowd, which rely on clever wordplay and sarcasm to elicit laughs from viewers. Besides that, Lucy Bella Simkins, English teacher and YouTuber, shared that Brits absolutely love to mess around with the language and make double entendres and innuendos, “all of which are delivered in a completely serious manner - deadpan! Sarcasm is a huge part of British humor - think Chandler from friends with a British accent! We are also super self-deprecating. The best b**t of a joke is yourself.”

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Pressure pushin' down on me, Pressin' down on you, no man ask for, Under pressure that brings a building down, Splits a family in two, puts people on streets" Can I have the job?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When 'you applied for the job' photo should be him as a newborn to be accurate!

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British humor has long been recognized as unique and often difficult to understand for those not familiar with it. We asked Lucy Bella Simkins how she thinks British humor differs from the humor of other cultures. The teacher replied that sometimes they (Brits) can be pretty hard to read, and many find them to be offensive or passive-aggressive. “Some other humor styles are more direct and obvious, but there is a lot of overlap amongst English-speaking countries. We also have really dark humor, but people are becoming less tolerant of it."

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Satire and irony are integral elements of British humor. According to Lucy Bella Simkins, Brits love ‘taking the p**s’ (making fun of something in a lighthearted way) of the absurdities of everyday life. “Some of our really popular comedians, like Michael Macintyre, became famous for simply mocking typical British habits like loving ‘queuing’ (waiting in line), getting frustrated when tourists stand on the wrong side of the escalator, and doing everything possible to avoid making eye contact when waiting in a lift (elevator!)”

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nooo! British Museum got no chill. Why didn't they have a bit of banter? I'm a Brit and I find this sort of jape jolly amusing.

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British humor is known for its use of idioms and colloquialisms. These expressions add an extra layer of humor to jokes and can often be difficult for non-native speakers to understand. One such idiomatic expression commonly used in jokes, as shared by Lucy Bella Simkins, is ‘to give him/her/them one’. The teacher explained that it is a fairly juvenile idiom they like to use in jokes. “It can be used as an innuendo meaning to sleep with someone. Extra points if you say it without appearing to realize what you’ve said, other than a slight smirk at the end. ‘She asked me for a cucumber, so I gave her one.’ Not very high-brow, but after a pint or two it might get an unimpressed snort out of me.”

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For a better understanding of English humor, check out Lucy's Youtube profile! Among other things, she made an informative video on British humor and comedy, which you can find here. If you're curious about some more funny English idioms, Lucy has you covered, just click here!

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At first I thought it was a artificial intelligence render…he actually exists 😦

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How much are you willing to bet that that was added by either and Irishman, or a Scot

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know a guy who swears that root beer tastes like cow pee... and I can't stop wonder how he knows the taste of cow pee.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this one is a bit unfair, Lord Elgin paid for the marbles, but no one seems to know if the agreement was misinterpreted or not. I haven’t been to Greece, but I think Cyprus is similar in terms of their attitude to ancient history and archaeology (please let me know if this is wrong though!) and when I visited Cyprus, you’re free to walk and climb around many historical ruins, and they have only in recent years started to really care and invest in archaeological research. I feel it’s a bit like me selling something on eBay, then a few years later deciding it’s worth more and wanting it back!

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How famous did this lettuce become? It was on the news, on comedy programmes...

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish he stays stoned to produce more of this 🙃 It's utterly disturbing and I love it

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Seagulls make great pets. Easy to feed and care for. Not terrified of humans. 100% native and natural. And ejects people with hangovers from your house.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh, and an tiny thimble in the middle with sugar sirap. The teaception!

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Rowan Atkinson is one of the most brilliant comedians alive. Mr. Bean is his most famous character, but he's done so much more. Check out Black Adder.

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