Taboo subjects in Brit Culture that most Americans don't grasp?

So, in summary:

Do not criticise the Queen or the rest of the royal family;

Do not mention the strict gun laws in the United Kingdom and how you think they are wrong;

Do not criticise the NHS and call it socialised health care;

Do not rock back on antique dining chairs (or use kitchen abrasives on the silverware (flatware, in US parlance);

Do not cut your food up with the knife in one hand and then swap it over and stab food with your fork with the other;

Do not call the Europeans euro weenies and criticise them for not participating in wars; they are celebrating the longest period of peace in western history, thank you very much.

And, finally, do not mention how the US rode in to save Europe in World War I, World War II, Cold War. There may be some truth in this, but we’re all a bit tired about hearing of it.
 
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Is there anybody on here who remembers teapots? Ordinaryforces excepted! Tinfoil hat on! Keys to bus requested.
Yes, I have my grandmother's brown betty which I use if I know I've got all morning to drink tea.
Does this guy ever stop creating threads everyday?
Apparently not. He's clearly not got enough work on his desk.

He is somewhat amusing though. I think of him as an over-enthusiastic springer puppy - quite entertaining but, on the whole, one's glad he belongs to someone else.
 

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This is the thing, isn't it? Yanks are always made out to be loud, boorish people who never travel outside their own county, let alone country.

On the other hand, this is exactly how a certain type of Brit is regarded in Europe.

We don't take into account the huge majority of people who are sensible, share our views, have similar interests and have better things to do than make ********* of themselves in other countries.
Trouble is, let the Brits travel abroad, they'll probably colonise it.

I typed colonise you stupid fúcking cúnting twátting speelchucker, not colonize.
 

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It is worth pointing out to a foreigner that most social questions are not real attempts to find information.

For example:
'How are you?'
'Fine thanks. You?'

Is great. Courtesies observed.

'How are you?'
'Don't ask. Things are dreadful. I' m barely sleeping what with my stress and the kids' behaviour '

Is very bad. People don't want to know. Be honest like that and people will stop asking. Just go through the' It was fine' type motions.
The only acceptable response to "How are you?" is "How are you?" In both cases it's rhetorical. Nothing further is required, including any further elaboration by the former except to commence normal conversation.
 

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darjeeling or Earl Grey? :)
Aside.

Mercer Barracks Families' NAAFI, Osnabrück, about 83. Tea was duty free and therefore rationed. Zero Alpha approached the counter.

"Do you have any Earl Grey?"
Blank.
"Do you have any Earl Grey?"
"We have NAAFI Blue, NAAFI Red and NAAFI Gold."
"You dont have Earl Grey?"
"We have NAAFI Blue, NAAFI Red and NAAFI Gold."
Sigh. She might as well have been talking to an alien. In fact I KNOW she'd have got a better response from an alien.
 
Back in the day------------probably still is!

Started as apprentice with another guy--- Prod based firm---- Foreman asked "Are you a left or right footer?"------me--- "Right" ( I understood)

Other lad--- (He was a Lefter--- But didn't click) "Left."----(He was also corrie fisted)

They kept me and feked him off to the sites.

He was a much better apprentice than I was.

I remember reading that Martin McGuinness was treated similarly.
The left or right foot thing is alluded to in the nursery rhyme "goosey goosey gander" as well it's that old.

There I met an old man who wouldn’t say his prayers,

So I took him by his left leg and threw him down the stairs.

The Meaning

Back in 16th century England, Catholic priests were an unpopular lot. Many were thought to be corrupt. And many more were thought to have broken their priestly vows of celibacy. For part of the century, there was even a reward for any protestant who could find and execute one. In this rhyme, a priest has been found in a rather compromising situation. ‘Goose’ was slang back then for a prostitute. So, the priest’s been caught in her bedroom with his pants down. One way to test if a man was a Catholic priest was to have him recite the new, English prayers rather than the old Latin ones. In this case, the priest refuses, or can’t, and is killed by being thrown down the brothel’s flight of stairs. One of many nursery rhymes about this troubled time.


Read more at 6 nursery rhymes and their grisly origins
 
This is the thing, isn't it? Yanks are always made out to be loud, boorish people who never travel outside their own county, let alone country.

On the other hand, this is exactly how a certain type of Brit is regarded in Europe.

We don't take into account the huge majority of people who are sensible, share our views, have similar interests and have better things to do than make ********* of themselves in other countries.
A fair point as far as it goes, but then you have to take into account the difference in Passport ownership between the US and the UK. I can't recall the exact figures but ours is pretty high, whereas the US figure is about level with Papua New Guinea I think.
 

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That's just wrong. They aren't sausage and they **** up the taste of the beans.
A man is judged by the company he keeps and the beans he eats.
I used to be quite happy with Heinz. Branson brought theirs out, claiming them to be better. They were bland.

Heinz worked out that by putting in more sauce and fewer beans, they could increase profit.

Discovered that Sainsbury's own brand were more akin to old Heinz.

Sainsbury discovered that by putting in more sauce and fewer beans, they could increase profit.

Discovered Lidl beans. They've since changed their recipe for the better. I'll even eat Lidl Basic beans, but that involves a can opener. Oh the First World problems.
 

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