As most of you know, I live in jolly ol’ England.
In total, I have lived in this country for a year and a bit.
Throughout this time, I’ve noticed some things that people from back home in America tend to believe about my favourite country. Some of the things I hear are, admittedly, dead accurate; but, others are just completely wrong. I figured I’d shed some light on these things, so here is a list of the top five stereotypes about England that I tend to get asked about.
1) Everything sounds better in an English accent.
Okay. Right. Let me start by saying that the phrase “English accent” makes about as much sense as “American accent.”
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!
There are different dialects in America, yeah? You’ve got your Southern accents, Midwestern accents, Cali accents, New Yorker accents, and so on, right? Well, it’s the same thing in England. Within London alone there are loads of different sounding accents. And ya know… there are some words that just do not sound nice.
For example, a few of my mates are from Essex and the words “ball” and “bowl” are indistinguishable in their accents. It’s not their fault, but fuck man, it sounds awful (love you guys though lol). This is something that happens in, I’d wager, every accent. I mean, ya know when some people in the States say the word “wash” like “warsh?” Yeah.
2) Everyone is “proper” in England.
So, I reckon this one has two layers. First, the word proper is used differently and more frequently here in England than it is in the States.
Example: In England, “That smells proper like toast.” In America, “You should act proper at a fancy restaurant.”
In America it’s most commonly used to describe something classy, whereas in England it’s used to clarify that something is truly what it is said to be. Like the smell of toast.
Okay, moving forward. Everyone does not where suits and drink tea with the queen everyday. People do some weird shit in England and are kind of a mess sometimes, and I think that’s why I love it so much.
3) British men are absolute gentlemen.
Lol. Do I even need to write details about this one?
No, all jokes aside (and blogging, okay I’m sorry I had to), it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, this just won’t be true.
And it’s not just men, there are people all over the world who will not be well-mannered and won’t treat others right. It has nothing to do with their location or gender identity, it has to do with who they are as a person and their soul. I know that’s hippie shit, but have you met me?
Anyway don’t idealise people from a certain place, it’ll just lead to disappointment and girls showing up at your residence hall introducing themselves as the girlfriend of some guy you kissed the night before.
4) Everyone has horrible teeth.
Stop perpetuating this rumour. There are equally as many people with bad teeth in England as there are in America and, I’m sure, loads of other places on this planet.
Plus, every single one of my mates has a gorgeous smile, so… myth: busted.
5) It’s never sunny in England.
*insert eye roll emoji*
…. was that too passive aggressive?
Thanks for reading!
What other stereotypes do you know of regarding England or the place where you are from?
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