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Okay. So, as
1. What are the most common stereotypes of the English?
Dental care over here is ridiculously expensive and a lot of dental surgeries have been closed in recent years due to lack of funding. There were reports on the news of people pulling out teeth with pliers because they can't afford to go to the dentist and of others trying to fix a broken tooth with superglue because there wasn't a local dentist to go too. But those cases are the minority. On the whole, no, the English don't have bad teeth.
"Drink too much..."
Compared to a lot of countries in Europe, we're practically tee-total! I think we probably drink more than Americans, but we're far from being a nation of alcoholics.
Totally not true for 99% of us. The snobs tend to be rich and look down on everyone who doesn't have as much money as them, no matter what nationality they are.
"Chip on their shoulder about Americans..."
I've never met anyone who has a problem with Americans. If anything they have a strange attitude towards the Polish (not me included I hasten to add).
"Stiff upper lip..."
Oh, yes. The good old English stiff upper lip. Forty years ago maybe, but not so much now.
Three examples of how frumpy we are...
Well, maybe not, but we're no frumpier than America.
I guess we do if you're not used to the accent, but I think that's true of everywhere. (And no, we don't all sound like Stewie Griffin or Dick Van Dyke in "Mary Poppins".)
"Generally well educated..."I guess that's sort of true, but I should point out that most of us weren't educated in posh boarding schools as depicted in a lot of movies. I think our senior schools are pretty similar to your high schools, except you have more subjects and we have to wear uniforms.
"Very socially rigid..."
This response made me laugh because it's so not true. We're a lot less inhibited than you think we are.
"Somewhat prudish about sex..."See the above answer :)
"GREAT humor in TV shows and commercials"
Personally, I worship at the shrine of Eddie Izzard, but to truly appreciate the bizarrness of English humour, you have to see the wonder that is Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.
2. What have you heard or do you believe about England as a country?
"Great Health Care"
True, if somewhat underfunded.
"Small!! compared to US"
"I've always imagined England as being formal, beautiful, proper. I imagine lush green fields and small, poorly paved lanes. Quaint."
Some smaller towns and villages still look like this...
|Wareside. 3 miles from where I live.|
|Hoddesdon. The town I grew up in, 5 miles away.|
|5 minutes down the road.|
What do you think about our royal family?
"Don't care a hoot..."
"Americans are obsessed with the Royal family. Not all of us are obsessed- but we hear about them often. Lady Diana is up there with Elvis (almost). I still remember hearing about her death- it was shocking."
"As little as possible. I see tabloid headlines and feel thankful that nobody watches me so closely. "
If you ask most English people what they think about our royal family, the overall response would be... "Meh, whatever..."
Everyone was shocked when Diana died and the conspiracy theories connected to her death are still flying around to this day. I neither loved her or hated her, but there's no denying that she was more in touch with the "common people" than any other member of the royal family. I only hope her sons follow in her emotional and free thinking footsteps. I think William will be a great king, but I can't help thinking Harry would be better. He'd be the party king!
|Maybe she is human...|
The Queen will never give up her crown.
And she'll never die.
Because she's a robot.
That never pee's.
Without Googling it, do you know who our Prime Minister is?
Yes, it's David Cameron, and no, most people don't care. We have very little faith in our government, not matter what party it is.
Who is your favourite English (or British) band/singer?
The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
No great surprise there then.
Have you heard of any of these people?
I'm so glad that most people know who Stephen Fry is. I adore him. He's a big, fluffy teddy bear stuffed with intellect and wit. As for the others...
Kerry Katona is pretty much the same. A former member of all girl pop group Atomic Kitten, twice divorced with four children, former drug addict, bipolar sufferer and constantly selling exclusives to Hello magazine
Watch this clip...
Ladies and gentlemen, that blonde muppet is Boris Johnson...
...the Lord Mayor of London.
No, I am not kidding.
Jedward (John and Edward - get it?) are an absolutely terrible pop duo who were discovered on The X Factor (the English and original version of American Idol.) They've had one hit single since then - a duet with Vanilla Ice. Classy.
These guys make Justin Beiber and Rebecca Black look like music maestros.
(Warning: If you choose to watch this clip, I do not take responsibility if your eardrums start to bleed.)
Do you have a favourite word or phrase that you've only heard used by an English person? And are you sure you know what it means?
"Mind if we pop round.. It means to stop by for a visit"
"Shag... to screw"
"Jolly Good... It sounds like such a happy way to agree."
Correct, correct and correct (although if someone uses the term "Jolly good" these days, they're usually being sarcastic because nobody speaks like that anymore).
Other Englishisms you may enjoy include "Minger" (meaning unattractive), "Argy-bargy" (an argument or fight), "Lug-hole" (an ear) and "Wanker" (a derogatory for someone, implying that they masturbate a lot).
Would you like to visit England? If so, where and why?
London was a popular choice, which isn't a surprise. Big Ben, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and a lot more besides. I love visiting London and I only live an hour away by train. My favourite places to visit are Camden Market (it's very retro), Piccadilly Circus (lots of shops, street entertainers and theatres) and the Tower of London (where lots of peoples heads fell off). It's a wonderful place to visit.
It's not much. But it's home.