Top Ten Typically British Traits

As a proud Brit girl, I know what I'm talking about. If you come to Lovely Great Britain, you'll find all these traits and more in the Great British public.
The Top Ten
Saying Sorry

Not likely to admit to any wrong doing or feeling compassion for others in need. Never heard one say sorry for their own wrongdoing!

To be honest this British Trait Sounds similar to Canadians because like the Brits Canadians Will apologize for anything I think Canadians are very polite because We are friendly to all unless you make fun of us of course.

Me personally I Say Sorry too much even for things I never did!

Somebody once flung their arm out in my path to point something out. I bumped into their arm, and they obviously and understandably said sorry. And I also said sorry. It didn't occur to me at the time, but I wondered why I had said sorry. Hm.

I apologise (! ) we do do this a lot; especially when shopping. If someone steps on your brand new shoes YOU say sorry. If someone runs you over with their mobility scooter, YOU say sorry for being in their way.

A Stiff Upper Lip

See I've discovered the opposite to just getting in with it... I've found that people don't like being asked to do things for others and that rather than getting on with it, they will not do it and then moan about it for the next 30mins on thhe fact someone asked them to do it...
I don't think the English appear to have much of a keep calm and carry on approach, however much more a moan like someone just spat in your xmas dinner and it's the end of the world haha

Yes very stiff upper lip...every man for himself. Don't ask them to do something for you, they don't like to be asked, nor will they do it, they will squirm their out with an excuse

We really do have a Keep Calm and Carry On approach to life. It's the Great British way.

One of my best friends is British and this couldn't be more accurate! always reluctant to give in to emotion

Ability to Laugh at Ourselves

We laugh at our faults. We know we're not perfect but what the hell...haha!


The Brits are world-known for our sarcasm and irony. We love a bit of it. A LOT of it in fact.

Literally, my humor consists of 50% terrible puns, and 50% sarcasm.

No, really, that's a REALLY big British trait. I see practically EVERYONE lying through their teeth humourously! Seriously, this should be number 1!


Was in England as I was the north american manager of a British firm. The regular folks are ok but those who consider themselves "upper class" were a pain in the ass. They still think England is a great power. They look at Canada as a colony and kept asking me if I was in the lumber or fur business before I worked for them. I was never treated like that in the United States. They thought they were being so clever, but we just concluded they were idiots.

SOME Brits also have a tendency to be caring, empathetic, modest, and really rather friendly, you know.

SOME Brits have a tendency to be proud, arrogant and critical.


A long queue in Great Britain means three people in a line, waiting for something -that's how far apart we stand from each other. Think I'm joking..?


We love a good moan - about everything. Even about how much we enjoy moaning!

Think they never moan but just listen to them on the underground on their phone or with friends. Always moaning about somebody... at work, in a meeting, at lunch etc.

Unsuccessful people love to moan a lot, don’t live in the UK

Love of Pubs

I personally adore little country pubs in little villages. Sweet!

English pubs are the best in the world

Calling People 'Love' or 'Sweetheart'

This characteristic is so charming, especially to Americans who live in the Southern states.

We do this a lot, love. We just love other people, sweetheart.

The Contenders

Yup! People wants to be friends with me strictly because of my "attracting accent," as they like to call it,

I love their accents

I like that accent.


A lot of Brits are extremely intelligent, but hide this fact not to be considered nerds

They are generally smart but most people assume that because of their accent


We ARE a very friendly nation.

I love the brits


Coldly Critical

I have to admit it. One of my friends is sometimes so cold that I still can't get used to it

Yes very cold

Down to Earth

Honest, not materialistic, calm and dignified. English folks enjoy the peacefulness of nature

Being Totally Lovely

They are generally lovely and kind to others


We certainly are! We have this attitude of never giving in, even when we know in our hearts we have little or no chance of winning. We see things through to the bitter end. At least we can say "We tried our best chaps. Let's go home and have a nice cup of tea, shall we? " *Smile*


Certainly for females compared to the rest of the world

Tea Lover

"Even if he says 'let's grab a coffee', he ended up ordered a cuppa tea. And he actually has different types of tea in his place for different time and occasions"

Crumpet Loving

...And I adore hot buttered crumpets - sometimes with cheese. Thank you to you dear member who added this. It IS a very British trait.

I'm British and I do love a good crumpet

Delicious! I also like scones

This is all super true!

Class Division

Britain has always had a class hierarchy and a form of caste system. The peasants vs the patricians...

Love of HP Sauce

Yes I do agree with this one.


Nah, we're just sarcastic, and people think we're serious.

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