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 • 109

  • WatchMojoUK
    WatchMojoUK  6 months ago +2

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

    • MetalRocksMe \m/
      MetalRocksMe \m/ 6 months ago

      I e never been to a car boot sale 😂

    • bulletoffire
      bulletoffire 6 months ago +1

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

  • Erin Mahrer
    Erin Mahrer Month ago

    Wait, America doesn’t bird watch?

  • Evil Grandma
    Evil Grandma 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

    Canada is really fecking British.

  • Nicola Dale
    Nicola Dale 3 months ago

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

  • Mike Fox
    Mike Fox 5 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 6 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.

    • Tadhg Knight
      Tadhg Knight 2 months ago

      Zed is the name of the letter, it’s our language after all, it’s you guys who changed to Zee or some codswallop

  • Samuel Preston
    Samuel Preston 6 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 6 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 6 months ago +2

    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 YT
    Captain Yorkie YT 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago

    no need for the Kardashian shade is there?

  • Star Child
    Star Child 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago

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

  • Tay Woode
    Tay Woode 6 months ago +1

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

  • AlbaWolf88
    AlbaWolf88 6 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 3 months ago


    • Alycia Broadbent
      Alycia Broadbent 6 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 6 months ago

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

  • Beth beauvais
    Beth beauvais 6 months ago +2

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

  • SGlitz
    SGlitz 6 months ago +2

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

  • Heather Qualy
    Heather Qualy 6 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 6 months ago +3

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

    • Isabelle Drennan
      Isabelle Drennan 10 days ago

      Actually nope. Ireland didnt want to make the show, let alone show it on tv. It was commissioned by chznnel 4 after Chris Morris read the script and gave it to his bosses at channel 4 and they snapped it up after years of Linehan and Mathews trying to sell it to channels and production companies up and down the irish tv networks. They all decided it was blasphemous and racist to the irish people as a whole.
      Channel 4 However, put it in to production with only the exterior scenes filmed in Ireland, all the interior shots filmed at the now defunct London studios in london. 100% funded by channel 4 (british) money. Irish tv only took an interest in it and claimed it as one of their own after it had massive success around the globe and had found millions of fans.
      So (bearing in mind my Irish blood) im proud thzt Father Ted may be set in Ireland, have mainly Irish writers and cast, but where was the support from the Irish tv producers when it first came in to existence? No where to be seen, and that I'm not proud of.
      Thank Chris Morris, because he deserves a pat on the back for knowing funny when he sees it, and for putting it forward to the right people. He used his influence to make sure the right people listened when they needed to.

  • Warrior Star
    Warrior Star 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago +1

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

  • Linton Kenneally
    Linton Kenneally 6 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 6 months ago


  • MCD Baxter
    MCD Baxter 6 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 6 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 6 months ago +9

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

  • fishpop
    fishpop 6 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 6 months ago

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

  • fishpop
    fishpop 6 months ago +2

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

  • Meh
    Meh 6 months ago

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

    • ddlee84
      ddlee84 6 months ago +2

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

  • Mike's Micro Shop
    Mike's Micro Shop 6 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 6 months ago +1

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

  • VotingInNH
    VotingInNH 6 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 6 months ago +3

    Not confused by any of these.

  • Ryan Vandeput
    Ryan Vandeput 6 months ago +7

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

  • Ryan Vandeput
    Ryan Vandeput 6 months ago +6

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

  • Ryan Vandeput
    Ryan Vandeput 6 months ago +7

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

  • Kassidy Jones
    Kassidy Jones 6 months ago +13

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

  • Greg Ivan Bicknell
    Greg Ivan Bicknell 6 months ago +5

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

    • squeals
      squeals 6 months ago

      No just southern

  • VideoDeadGaming
    VideoDeadGaming 6 months ago

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

  • brianartillery
    brianartillery 6 months ago +3

    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 6 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 6 months ago +1

    Hahahaha spot on list

  • TheTradge
    TheTradge 6 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 6 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 6 months ago +14

    Gotta love a car boot sale 👌

  • jomac841
    jomac841 6 months ago +10

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

  • richard1701able
    richard1701able 6 months ago +27

    I want a tea dispensing tap in the bathroom now.

    • WatchMojoUK
      WatchMojoUK  6 months ago +1


    • richard1701able
      richard1701able 6 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 6 months ago

      Didn't know Mobile Suits drank tea...

    • Mr. Anengyst
      Mr. Anengyst 6 months ago +2


  • Monique Bean
    Monique Bean 6 months ago +5

    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 6 months ago +1

      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 6 months ago

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

    • Atheist Orphan
      Atheist Orphan 6 months ago

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

  • Marianne Wade
    Marianne Wade 6 months ago +27

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

    • Marianne Wade
      Marianne Wade 6 months ago

      @Joehd Sweet of you.

    • Joehd
      Joehd 6 months ago +1

      Marianne Wade hope you do

    • Marianne Wade
      Marianne Wade 6 months ago +1

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

    • Atheist Orphan
      Atheist Orphan 6 months ago

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

    • Joehd
      Joehd 6 months ago +1

      Marianne Wade thx wish your country well

  • Christter 216
    Christter 216 6 months ago +1

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