So You Think You Know The British?

Procrastination fans! It’s time to play a devilishly simple game that will simply eat up those ‘spare’ minutes before your next job.

This Is Why You’re British is a one-page website, which contains very little except a quote and a button. Press the button, and you get a new quote. All of the quotes are commonly-expressed truisms about the British. Some of them are true, some of them are not, but they have all come from the mouths and minds and stereoptypes of British people at some point or another.

All you do is read the quote, then click on the button underneath for another one. The button has been cunningly decorated with words that mean “I agree” – like “jolly good!” and “ace!” – as well as words that mean “I do not agree” – namely “that’s bollocks!”

I’m particularly fond of these three:

“Being taught how to make a cup of tea is the single most valuable life skill you learned as a child.”


“You think bringing your dog to the pub is completely normal.”

and best of all:

“You feel uncomfortable and don’t know what to do when people talk about their emotions.”

Go and have a wallow. I guarantee you’ll feel more British by the end of it. Or more sorry for those poor rogues who happen to be afflicted with Britishness, at any rate.


Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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