British humour

Probably.
I had a spell doing some post grad field work in Houma La, involved a fair bit of classroom and a lot of offshore time. There were 14 of us in the group, all PEngs, and dull as fuck, except for Dennis Mareno, ex US tank commader, 80s Germany, from Texas (I don't consider Texas to be part of the US of A, far too sensible) with a complete obsession for automatic fire arms (another story). Anyway, had all these educated post grad dick heads believing that up here, in Canuckle land, the electric only comes on for a couple of hours on a Friday, one TV on the block, so we all gather at this one cabin to watch Hockey Night in Canada, and we don't use fridges, we just bury our dead Moose in the perma frost. Stunned cunts.
 
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What defines it? What sets it apart from other countrie's humour?
What are your best examples of deploying it and- it not being very well received?

I suppose there is a murky grey area where 'forces humour'overlaps British humour.

Quick example of mine - Joe_civvie off here posted on FB he was in hospital with a mystery stomach condition. I posted "Have they ruled out pregnancy?"
Lead balloon. He was in Hong Kong at the time and many people commenting were there also.

4 weeks later he was dead from stomach cancer.
So Er, was he pregnant?
 
I had a spell doing some post grad field work in Houma La, involved a fair bit of classroom and a lot of offshore time. There were 14 of us in the group, all PEngs, and dull as fuck, except for Dennis Mareno, ex US tank commader, 80s Germany, from Texas (I don't consider Texas to be part of the US of A, far too sensible) with a complete obsession for automatic fire arms (another story). Anyway, had all these educated post grad dick heads believing that up here, in Canuckle land, the electric only comes on for a couple of hours on a Friday, one TV on the block, so we all gather at this one cabin to watch Hockey Night in Canada, and we don't use fridges, we just bury our dead Moose in the perma frost. Stunned cunts.
Would those be the same one's who think that everyone in Englandshire lives in a thatched cottage, or miners terraced house, we bathe in a tin tub in front of the fire, petrol is sold by the pint bottle, we all ride mopeds cos cars are so expensive and once a week the Queen is driven past our hovels in her carriage so that we can tug our forelocks?
 

Dicky Ticker

War Hero
The thing about Brit humour is that it will take the greatest amount of piss out of those we have the highest respect for.

I was in a big meeting last week and made reference to a part of our process. Across the table from me was a representative of our customer, who grew up in the same town as me even though both of us are now on the other side of the world. He asked a question about this process, and I asked him if he remembered the end of November last year, and how we had all sat in a presentation theatre and listened to me give a presentation. Do you remember that? Yes he did. Do you remember asking a question about X? Yes he did. Well this part of the process was talked about just after you asked that question.... Everyone at the table is grinning by this point, and said rep looks sheepish.

About ten minutes later I was discussing something else and suddenly the rep chimed in with "Remember that presentation you mentioned and how I asked a question? Well you answered the question then so how come you've changed your answer...?" I had to rethink that and clarify what I'd just said, but all was sweet and we moved on.

My boss (an aussie} spoke to me after the meeting and chided me for picking on the customer rep in the meeting. I spoke to the customer rep the next day and mentioned I'd been told off, he was pissing himself laughing at this, but confessed that he looked forward to our "discussions" in these meetings as they tended to get rather dull....

In short, you can always spot the Brits because they are taking the piss out of each other in every situation
 
For me British humour is a more creative use of English.

Before I found this site, the only terms I used were ********/asshole, but after being introduced to this site, I learned

chocolate starfish
rusty sheriff's badge
dung trumpet
dung funnel
balloon knot
barking spider

Amongst other terms.
One presumes you learned these words from our Jarrod? :? ;) :???::mrgreen:
 
Would those be the same one's who think that everyone in Englandshire lives in a thatched cottage, or miners terraced house, we bathe in a tin tub in front of the fire, petrol is sold by the pint bottle, we all ride mopeds cos cars are so expensive and once a week the Queen is driven past our hovels in her carriage so that we can tug our forelocks?
They are the ones, you know them as well?
 
While living in Germany my wife and I were at a friends house. Although in the Brit Army he played football for a local German pub team.
One of his fellow German team members called in. His English was somewhat limited and we were trying to explain that my wife had just had her knee joint replaced. After a while he says:

"Ah, Frankenstein"

I swear my friend had been subjecting him to Brit humour.
 
Many many moons ago I had to spend several months in the states on a slightly hard course and was mildly surprised when the Americans did not have a clue as to what I was on about. I will never forget asking a Yank where I could get some Fags on camp a simple question that turned into a slight argument followed by the yank having to have a small sleep on the curb side. How the hell was I to know that a Fag to the yanks is a rear entry specialis.
 
British humour generally does not go down well in the US, there are so many misunderstandings day to day with language without trying to inject Brit humour.

There are exceptions and those tend to be military and ex-military types who have worked alongside British Forces, and also civvy's who have spent time in the UK. Though it is amazing the amount of americans who tell me they enjoy watching the comedy proggies on BBC America and the PBS channel.
“I just love your Monty Python”

Really?

“Oh yes. And your Benny Hill”

Oh, right...
 
Worked in Iraq, for a Brit PSC in support of USACE for a few years. On our site, there was an American SNCO, chief admin wallah, who fell in right with the Brit banter and made a lot of good mates.
 
Many many moons ago I had to spend several months in the states on a slightly hard course and was mildly surprised when the Americans did not have a clue as to what I was on about. I will never forget asking a Yank where I could get some Fags on camp a simple question that turned into a slight argument followed by the yank having to have a small sleep on the curb side. How the hell was I to know that a Fag to the yanks is a rear entry specialis.
When next in Texas with your corporate buddies and you want a cigarrette break, do not proudly announce to the assembled Texans "I'm just off out to smoke a fag".
 
When next in Texas with your corporate buddies and you want a cigarrette break, do not proudly announce to the assembled Texans "I'm just off out to smoke a fag".
They’d probably approve!
 
British self-deprecating humour does not travel to the USA. German "humour" is an utter mystery to me - witness that toothy bloke who is sometimes on Have I got new for you or Would I lie to you.
As a never served civvy I love the humour on this site - I have blown coffee out my nose at some of the blacker stuff - but I will never join in for example soldiers, coppers taking the piss out of each other for soldiery coppery things as I have absolutely no shared experience that entitles me to do that.
Sometimes it falls flat - a cycling mate was in South America and got bitten by a spider, so posted panicky photos on Facebook from a clinic of the weeping wound in his leg. Loads of sympathetic posts from everyone else but my simple question as to his shoe size sadly got just one like.
 
Would those be the same one's who think that everyone in Englandshire lives in a thatched cottage, or miners terraced house, we bathe in a tin tub in front of the fire, petrol is sold by the pint bottle, we all ride mopeds cos cars are so expensive and once a week the Queen is driven past our hovels in her carriage so that we can tug our forelocks?
You must live next door!
 
Sitting on a tour bus in boston surrounded by a multitude of nationalities and the lady in a hushed tone is giving a long speech on the boston massacre and the terrible slaughter....... When she paused, i shouted out 'RELOAD' and cue a large intake of breath and my wifes elbow into the ribs.
 

Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
a few years back riding home from Italy, I took the wrong turning on the motorway in gnome land
ended up in Germany right outside a bloody great big chocolate factory ( Milka)
thinking I was in Switzlerland cos its chocolate, I asked a taxi driver the way to Mulhouse
he laughed and gave me directions into town and said when you see the BMVee dealers call in and ask for my brother Albrecht

Oh thats very kind does he know a short cut there ?

no he vill sell you a BMV motorcycle with a satnav and drop that Italian rubbish in the skip


cue massive laughter

then he points me in the right direction

git

So it seems Germans do have a sense of humour
 

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