Sage recently uploaded a blog post titled: Expectations versus Reality of Living in Southern California where she debunked some common stereotypes associated with living in Southern California. This inspired me to write my own post, centered around debunking some common stereotypes associated with living in England.
Stereotype: We All Drink A Lot of Tea
This stereotype is semi-true. Most of the people I know that are English, love a cup of tea and will often have several in one day. The debate about the order of the tea bag, milk and hot water is a debate that I have had previously with several different people. In my opinion, it is the tea bag, followed by the hot water and finally the milk. However, I know several people, myself included, that are English and do not like tea. It is basically flavored water with milk when you think about it.
Stereotype: We Have Never Seen Sunshine
It is a well-known fact that English people like to comment on the weather, especially to complain about how cloudy and wet it is. However, we do get our fair share of sunshine, especially these past few months in the heatwave we are currently experiencing. Which leads me onto my next stereotype…
Stereotype: We Cannot Handle The Sun
This stereotype is semi-true. Like all nationalities, a person’s ability to withstand sunlight is dependent on their skin type. A common skin type in England is known as the English Rose and is traditionally a pale skin type, which means that someone cannot withstand the sun for prolonged periods of time. This is perhaps where the stereotype comes from.
Stereotype: We All Speak Posh
Like any other country, we have different accents depending on what part of England you reside in. Areas which attract richer residents such as Chelsea and Surrey tend to sound posher than other parts of England.
Stereotype: We Love Pubs
This is true. A typical after-work activity is to head to the pub for a drink, especially on Friday nights. Birthdays and celebratory drinks are often hosted at the local pub. Pubs are also well-known for their Roast Dinners on Sundays. It is somewhere that anyone can attend no matter what age, although some pubs may restrict times if you are under the age of 18, and can spend as little or as much as they like depending on their financial status.
Stereotype: We Are All Polite
This stereotype is based off the fact that British people love to queue and are known for apologizing, even when something was not their fault. This is true but there are definitely rude people in England as well, especially in London during rush hour, as I am sure there are other countries.
Stereotype: We Have Terrible Food
When I was carrying out the research for the post, I was surprised to see that this was one of the common stereotypes because I have never felt this way. In London especially, there is such a variety of different cultural foods that there is something for everyone. I personally love the traditional English foods of fish and chips, sausage and mash and roast dinners (all made with vegetarian alternatives for me personally) but even if you do not, there are so many options that it is impossible not to find at least one item of food you like.
What order do you make your cup of tea?