Top 10 Britishisms That Confuse the Rest Of the World

  • Published on Mar 29, 2019
  • British people do some really confusing things! Whether it's car boot sales or constantly saying sorry, us Brits often confuse the rest of the world. For this list, WMUK ranks the most confusing Britishisms, British behaviours and bits of British culture. What do you find most confusing about the British way of life?
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    10) Euphemisms
    9) Plane, Train and Bird Spotting
    8) Using Two Taps Instead of One
    7) Hot Drinks in High Summer
    6) Car Boot Sales
    5) Sarcastic Protest Slogans
    4) The Sending and Receiving of Greetings Cards
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Comments • 104

  • WatchMojoUK
    WatchMojoUK  3 months ago +1

    Anyone started going the car bootys now that the weather is getting nicer?

    • MetalRocksMe \m/
      MetalRocksMe \m/ 3 months ago

      I e never been to a car boot sale 😂

    • bulletoffire
      bulletoffire 3 months ago +1

      i havent been to a good car boot sale in years :(

  • Evil Grandma
    Evil Grandma 13 days ago

    I called my German friend a nutter. She was stunned! How was I to know that in German, nutter means prostitute? Now I can’t stop saying it to her!

  • kim v
    kim v 14 days ago

    Most of these happen in New Zealand. Car boot sales all weekend. Hot Bevies in summer, euphemism in every day conversations, sorry, use a lot of the swears too etc...

  • Amanda Beaty
    Amanda Beaty 23 days ago

    Canada is really fecking British.

  • Nicola Dale
    Nicola Dale 26 days ago

    I am definately guilty of saying sorry when I'm not sorry.

  • Mike Fox
    Mike Fox 2 months ago

    As a Brit, I can't stand having 2 taps! It's just stupid! It's the 21st century!

  • chuck sellers
    chuck sellers 3 months ago

    I have also noticed that Brits pronounce Z as zed and there is a questions at the end of every statements, "she shouldn't do that now should she? I'll forgive the question but Zed gets my goat.

  • Samuel Preston
    Samuel Preston 3 months ago +1

    I think I’m quiet creative with my language.
    Example 1: I’ve forgotten to do something really important.
    “F**king tit bollocks”.
    Example 2: Me reading someone to filth when they’ve spent all day trying to drop my in the 💩 for something I didn’t do.
    Option 1: “Did your mother flip a coin to see whether to you of the after birth? If so I think she rather lost”
    Option 2: “My god you really are the cum shot your mother should’ve swallowed”

  • Samuel Preston
    Samuel Preston 3 months ago

    If I go out to eat I do tip. However this is only if I’ve enjoyed the meal and have very good survive. I normal tip about £2 - £5 depending where I am. If I’m in a cafe I don’t tip as much as if I was say at Pizza Hut.

  • Happy CatLady
    Happy CatLady 3 months ago +1

    Seperate hot and cold taps aren't that common anymore, my house is four years old and all of my taps are mixer taps.

  • Captain Yorkie
    Captain Yorkie 3 months ago

    I went to a bathroom on one of my train spotting trips after a cup of tea and the sink had one tap and I was looking at it for a minute thinking how does this work?

  • Craig And Cat Warhurst
    Craig And Cat Warhurst 3 months ago

    All those taps ate mixers. The girl with tea is in America... This is just shit. Make a good video or don't bother.

  • hawk paul
    hawk paul 3 months ago

    As a Brit living in Canada I can see some of these are true and I really miss boot sales. Here people just set up in their own garages or yards and you have to tour the city from house to house. Much better having everything in one place. Americans generally are more euphemistic than Brits. They have 'restrooms' with no beds or chairs, or washrooms - you rarely see the word 'toilet', buy toilet paper here and it's likely to be called Bath Tissue or Bathroom Tissue. Also they never grow out of the word 'potty', it stays with them all their lives which I find a bit creepy. Canadians are kinda stereotyped by their apologetic nature too.

  • Kaela
    Kaela 3 months ago

    no need for the Kardashian shade is there?

  • Star Child
    Star Child 3 months ago

    Since Canada's a descent of British colonies, we have this habit and it may be even more of a stereotype to us than the UK

  • PlatinumRoseLady
    PlatinumRoseLady 3 months ago

    Okay, a few things:
    Greeting card stores used to be a thing in the US. Sadly they're in short supply now. I worked in a store back in the 1980s that sold books and magazines on one side and greeting cards on the other. It was really lovely.
    Apologizing - Canadians do that, too.
    Swearing - I've found out that in the US you can get away with saying the WORST things to people, as long as you end it with "bless your heart".

  • ladyofshalott
    ladyofshalott 3 months ago

    I get all of this. I was born and raised in Canada though. Although my mum is from England and Dad’s parents were born in England (granddad was raised there)... so yeah. I got all of the things on the list.

  • Neil Power
    Neil Power 3 months ago

    Japan is a country where tipping is, in almost all cases not expected, why should I tip somebody for doing a job they're already paid to do

  • Neil Power
    Neil Power 3 months ago

    You can drink cold tea, Tetley's have a brew specifically for cold water

  • Tay Woode
    Tay Woode 3 months ago +1

    Talking about the weather since the UK can have every type of weather in one afternoon

  • AlbaWolf88
    AlbaWolf88 3 months ago +1

    Proud British citizen here.
    I have a question for the rest of the world.
    A Brit and a Canadian accidentally bump into each other in the street
    Who apologises first ?

    • Gabriella Thorpe
      Gabriella Thorpe 19 days ago


    • Alycia Broadbent
      Alycia Broadbent 3 months ago

      The apologise at the same time then exchange sorries for half an hour then they both realize they are going to be late and both run off

  • George Prchal
    George Prchal 3 months ago

    No tipping? Monsters. How did you guys ever take Jerusalem?

  • Beth beauvais
    Beth beauvais 3 months ago +1

    Bollocks really Is a handy word, even for us Americans.

  • SGlitz
    SGlitz 3 months ago +1

    Swear words: I use some of them to confuse people. :)

  • Heather Qualy
    Heather Qualy 3 months ago

    We in the Midwest of the U.S. could give you a run for your money on the “sorry”s.

  • sokratis suckacockalus
    sokratis suckacockalus 3 months ago +3

    Father Ted is Irish don't try take it on us

  • Warrior Star
    Warrior Star 3 months ago +2

    Even though I'm from America, I use some of the British swears. I use bollocks, sod, prat, and git at times.

    • spursmum
      spursmum 3 months ago +1

      Cockwomble is a personal favourite. The harshness of cock offset with the cuddle and charm of a Womble of Wimbledon Common.

    • Warrior Star
      Warrior Star 3 months ago

      @Liz Ion We actually use a similar insult to dipstick, we use dipshit in America, but we also use dipstick as well.

    • Liz Ion
      Liz Ion 3 months ago +1

      Warrior Star . Here are a few more British insults to practice : wazzock (mild)/ twazzock (rather more rude)/ dipstick (very mild)/ Bell-end (very rude and applies to men only) 😂

  • Warrior Star
    Warrior Star 3 months ago +1

    Differing terminology, for example, Truck/Lorry, etc.

  • Yoruichi The Extra Terrestrial

    *Number 1:* _Brexit_
    We had a sweet deal but we decided that we're able to remain a major player alone even though the vast majority of our business are foreign owned and the owners need easy access to the EU.

  • TERRY. W
    TERRY. W 3 months ago +1

    I'm English and I'm as mad as a Submarine in a bungalow.

  • Linton Kenneally
    Linton Kenneally 3 months ago

    The funny thing about this is that I seem more British than Australian. Which is bad since I was born/live in Australia.

  • Buttercookie Cinnamini
    Buttercookie Cinnamini 3 months ago


  • MCD Baxter
    MCD Baxter 3 months ago

    Maybe the reasons why my series is not read much outside UK & Europe then. Lol! Makes sense... Still, it's great?

  • Man Drake
    Man Drake 3 months ago

    I don't think bird watching is a specific thing to the UK. I am in Australia and there are actually clubs dedicated doing it as well as national park and bird preserves that pretty much exclusively exist because they are bird habitats where people can go bird watching.
    Also we really don't tip in Australia either. Just saying.

  • Adrian Preston
    Adrian Preston 3 months ago +8

    I wish my kitchen tap dispensed beer and tea that would be amazing .

  • fishpop
    fishpop 3 months ago +1

    I still get birthday/Christmas cards in the post from the reletives.
    Granted they've diminished now since my mum & one set of grandparents are dead. :/

    • Stella Kumwenda
      Stella Kumwenda 3 months ago

      That's actually beautiful.. I'm sorry about your mum and grandparents.

  • fishpop
    fishpop 3 months ago +2

    3:12 Tea sans milk is weird.
    Unless you're allergic then it is acceptable.

  • Meh
    Meh 3 months ago

    Sorry, but can't you lot just switch to iced tea in the summer?

    • ddlee84
      ddlee84 3 months ago +2

      No we can't, most cold tea's taste like horse piss.

  • Mike's Micro Shop
    Mike's Micro Shop 3 months ago +2

    Wrong answer it will not cool you down to drink hot beverages in all cases! It is not scientifically proven to do so in all but very specific ideal situations! If you live in a humid climate and your sweat does not evaporate you will add to your heat distress!!!!!!!

  • TJ Lewis
    TJ Lewis 3 months ago +1

    If you want to spot a Southeastern service at Three Bridges, you'll be waiting a while

  • VotingInNH
    VotingInNH 3 months ago +2

    Birdwatching, greeting cards, and thankyou cards are routine in the US, warm coffee is still great in the summer but drinking hot liquids in the summer will not cool you down! Sorry! :-)

  • junipa
    junipa 3 months ago +3

    Not confused by any of these.

  • Ryan Vandeput
    Ryan Vandeput 3 months ago +6

    Damn, I loved Only Fools and Horses - pure genius comedy :)

  • Ryan Vandeput
    Ryan Vandeput 3 months ago +5

    Damn, I loved Father Ted, pure comedy genius :)

  • Ryan Vandeput
    Ryan Vandeput 3 months ago +7

    Damn, I loved Black Books - pure comedy genius :)

  • Kassidy Jones
    Kassidy Jones 3 months ago +11

    "Your numpty status only increases"
    Why did this kill me? XD

  • Greg Ivan Bicknell
    Greg Ivan Bicknell 3 months ago +5

    I don't think the southeastern service goes to three bridges. It's southern and thameslink

    • squeals
      squeals 3 months ago

      No just southern

  • VideoDeadGaming
    VideoDeadGaming 3 months ago

    Stop adding low-end to your voice, soy-boy. It sounds horrible!

  • brianartillery
    brianartillery 3 months ago +2

    The trainspotting one is amusing. I like trains, but the thought of sitting around all day, jotting down their numbers, is very odd. I was once at Bristol Temple Meads Station, waiting for a train. Not far away, were a group of trainspotters. They came a bit closer so that one could get the number of a piece of rolling stock, and they were joined by a middle aged bloke who said to them, in a manner that he was divulging some arcane secret: "They do say that there's a man in Newport who has got the numbers of every single piece of rolling stock currently in use in the UK, and that's including preserved railways, too." There was silence for a second. Then from the bunch of 'spotters, someone muttered: "The cunt!" Trainspotting. It's a serious business.

  • TheTradge
    TheTradge 3 months ago

    By the way having hot drinks in hot temperatures is DEFINITELY not just a British thing, and as you mentioned it actually makes perfect sense because it helps regulate the body temperature, it's a fairly common practice in India and Sri Lanka, whom arguably drink just as much tea as we do over here.

  • Chilli Boyz
    Chilli Boyz 3 months ago +1

    Hahahaha spot on list

  • TheTradge
    TheTradge 3 months ago +2

    The hot and cold taps is one thing I've always lived with, and to be fair I think the idea was always to run a sink full of water, very similar to the bath, but I've never been particularly thrilled about it, when you wash your hands after using the loo who has time to run an entire basin of warm water, and nobody likes having to choose between being scalded or freezing their hands off. Thankfully single taps with adjustable heat seem to be becoming more common, and I really hope we eventually get rid of this archaic practice of having extreme opposite ends of the spectrum over happy medium.

    • Waraila wildrunner
      Waraila wildrunner 3 months ago

      The reason is because of immersion heaters. The hot water systems are separate from the cold water systems.. You can get mixer taps though and just run both water lines to it.

  • Alicia Turner
    Alicia Turner 3 months ago +12

    Gotta love a car boot sale 👌

  • jomac841
    jomac841 3 months ago +10

    Haha 2 is a Canadian stereotype too (note I’m guilty lol)

  • richard1701able
    richard1701able 3 months ago +25

    I want a tea dispensing tap in the bathroom now.

    • WatchMojoUK
      WatchMojoUK  3 months ago +1


    • richard1701able
      richard1701able 3 months ago

      ​@fishpop As an alternative for their minovsky particle fusion reactor. yes, Prototypes and Gundam Types can be equipped to run on tea. Fun fact, the Hyaku Shiki Kai had to be completely scrapped as the tea generator would only run on Darjeeling and getting enough proved difficult.
      Also G Gundam's Royal Gundam ran exclusively on tea, although the variety is not known.

    • fishpop
      fishpop 3 months ago

      Didn't know Mobile Suits drank tea...

    • Mr. Anengyst
      Mr. Anengyst 3 months ago +2


  • Monique Bean
    Monique Bean 3 months ago +4

    What makes you think these are all British??? I’m Canadian and we use the same euphemisms. So do the Americans! The only British thing I can think of is that “tea will solve anything”!

    • Monique Bean
      Monique Bean 3 months ago

      I guess I never noticed the swearing! I live in Holland now, from Canada, and they don’t bleep anything out. Swearing and nudity are the norm, especially in commercials. So I haven’t noticed the Brit’s especially swearing more than from the US or other European TV shows. The US in comparison is prudish and a few centuries behind.


      And the swearing. Nobody swears like the Brits.

  • Irene 1943
    Irene 1943 3 months ago

    You forgot : popickoc, fidlsticks.blymee, blited, blue blases ,and more..

    • Atheist Orphan
      Atheist Orphan 3 months ago

      Irene 1943 - Poppycock, fiddlesticks, blimey, never heard of ‘blited’, blue blazes.

  • Marianne Wade
    Marianne Wade 3 months ago +26

    This American sends the UK much love and appreciation. I do enjoy you so.

    • Marianne Wade
      Marianne Wade 3 months ago

      @Joehd Sweet of you.

    • Joehd
      Joehd 3 months ago +1

      Marianne Wade hope you do

    • Marianne Wade
      Marianne Wade 3 months ago +1

      @Joehd Thank you! We do need it. May we survive this last year.

    • Atheist Orphan
      Atheist Orphan 3 months ago

      Marianne Wade - Thank you. Check out the video ‘Al Murray vs Americans’.

    • Joehd
      Joehd 3 months ago +1

      Marianne Wade thx wish your country well

  • Christter 216
    Christter 216 3 months ago +1

    In conclusion:
    We’re fuckin weird and we’re also pricks

  • mintty kookiie candy torchwood:3

    351 views 37 likes.... youtube stop drinking

  • David Taylor
    David Taylor 3 months ago +2

    Although I was aware of most of these, I still gotta say drinking a hot beverage in blazing heat seems to be a bit counterproductive, even if science backs it up.

    • Timelapse 11
      Timelapse 11 3 months ago +1

      I'm actually drinking a cuppa right now, and it's super hot outside XD

  • ODog McGee
    ODog McGee 3 months ago

    Well Plane and Train spotting confuse me and I'm British... It's so fucking boring

  • The Mantimoose
    The Mantimoose 3 months ago +50

    Dont forget opening a conversation with "y'alright?" It's a greeting, not an invitation to go into your life story.

    • Vish
      Vish 3 months ago +1

      @Tay Woode But we say it in british swaz

    • Vish
      Vish 3 months ago

      @PapaGeorg10 A typical response would be "yeah man, you?" not "im gonna give you my life story" which some people outside of brit do.

    • Tay Woode
      Tay Woode 3 months ago

      Americans do that in shops and restaurants with “Hi how are you today?”

    • Alycia Broadbent
      Alycia Broadbent 3 months ago +1

      @fowltemprement its ey up hows tha doing where I'm from

    • fowltemprement
      fowltemprement 3 months ago +2

      I'm from Nottingham way and we pronouce it "ya'rayt" and that is the only response you should give

  • Evan Jones
    Evan Jones 3 months ago +4

    You tart stop using subliminal messages through out the vid

  • mcmillan20101
    mcmillan20101 3 months ago +2

    Is strong and stable, now a euphemism

    • Waraila wildrunner
      Waraila wildrunner 3 months ago

      Yes.. see the disaster which is T May and her strong and stable ongoing disaster..

    • Derpimus Maximus
      Derpimus Maximus 3 months ago +2

      Strong and stable is what you are after 6 cans of Super T and a go on the waltzers.

    MikeMJPMUNCH 3 months ago +6

    2:27 WatchMojo using subliminal messaging now

    • A B
      A B 3 months ago

      @Irene 1943 no worries its proly just soming from editinng nothing bad.

    • Irene 1943
      Irene 1943 3 months ago +1

      Please, what do you mean? I m not that good in English. Really help me to understand . thanks.

    • mintty kookiie candy torchwood:3
      mintty kookiie candy torchwood:3 3 months ago

      A Same i just put it on .25 speed and paused it i was finally able to see it

    • A B
      A B 3 months ago

      Took forever at .25 speed to catch it on pause... Is a frame of movie posters, all British id assume...

    • Evan Jones
      Evan Jones 3 months ago +1

      I just realized it after the second time

  • lpslover5540 lps
    lpslover5540 lps 3 months ago

    First like