Firstly, I hear a lot of girls say they want a British boyfriend. Here is what I suspect they are thinking of:
And here is what rather a few of the guys in Britain are actually like:
So to all you girls out there dreaming of your perfect British man, yes there are a lot of beautiful charming gentlemen (I am fortunate to have met quite a few myself), but just remember what us British girls also have to put up with whilst trying to find our own. Myth number one: busted.
Another common misconception is that we all talk like the queen, when in fact, all the little towns and cities have their own accents and regional words. For example, living in Cheshire, I would call a round piece of bread a bun or a roll, but move elsewhere in the country, you may find the same round piece of bread being called a cob, a bap, or a barm cake. Yes, this is a little bit weird for such a small country, but we do all speak a little bit differently, it's not just Scottish, English, Welsh and Irish accents, there's a whole variety of sounds that come out from our mouths. This map should help you understand more:
Myth 2: banished.
Probably the worst misconception is that we all drink tea all the time and it's all we ever drink as we all love it so much that we bathe in it. As a matter of fact: I hate tea, and I also know a lot of other people who agree with me, and are British. It's brown and earthy and disgusting. I'd much rather have a lovely cup of coffee than a tiny sip of tea, thank you. Yes, I suppose we do consume a lot of tea as a country, but then again, so do a lot of other countries around the world. Another issue with tea: no we do not have afternoon tea all the time; when we do have afternoon tea it is a special occasion and we dress up and go to fancy hotels or restaurants and have posh little sandwiches and cakes. No, I have never been to afternoon tea, because surprise surprise, I don't drink it. Although we do have champagne afternoon tea now, I may have to try that instead.
Myth 3: bamboozled.
Here's a few more I have come across that I will quickly go through:
- We don't all have bad teeth- we actually get free braces on the NHS
- The Queen doesn't have more power over us than the Government
- Not all of our health care is free
- It doesn't always rain in Britain
- Our breakfasts aren't always huge- some people don't eat breakfast at all
- Great Britain, United Kingdom and England are not all the same
- We DO NOT like to queue, I, in fact, hate to queue (unless it's for a concert)
Now please, go forth and spread your newly found knowledge about British culture, and no more stereotyping us, thanks.