Brits Answer 29 Burning Questions From Non-Brits

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Vote up the proper solid answers to these uniquely British questions.

Every country has their own unique history, culture, and everyday ways of life. Sometimes there's a solid reason for these customs, other times, these habits are so second nature that you might not even realize that anyone does it differently. In the case of the United Kingdom, a country with a long history of colonization, many customs were spread to far away places. Still, some of these cultural quirks are distinct from anywhere else in the world. Other answers may not apply to the United Kingdom as a whole, as the constituent countries have maintained their own long-standing traditions.

But whether you're across the pond, down under, or somewhere in between, you've likely wondered about some of the UK's norms that don't seem so normal. As in, what's the deal with beans on toast? And what do they really think of the Queen? Vote up the answers that satisfy your burning questions for the Brits.


  • 1
    606 VOTES

    What's The Deal With Tea And Biscuits?

    Redditor u/adhxth05 asked:

    What do British people honestly think about tea and biscuits?

    Redditor answered:

    It's kind of the standard basic catering for visitors, meetings, or social events - i.e. if someone comes round your house they get offered tea and a biscuit (cake would be considered an upgrade). At any meeting, tea and biscuits should be available at a bare minimum. It's kind of the base line of hospitality? And it's weird when someone doesn't have any tea available (and by tea I mean black, unflavoured tea served with milk and optional sugar). Or, heaven forbid, only decaf tea (blargh). In Yorkshire, almost everywhere has a brand called Yorkshire Tea which is particularly strong and full-flavoured and brews in about two minutes (pretty quick).

    606 votes
  • 2
    510 VOTES

    How Do You Pronounce 'Worcestershire'?

    Redditor u/tirali11 asked:

    How do you pronounce Worcestershire correctly?

    Redditor u/Dry_Representative_9 answered:

    Wuss-ter-shur.

    Redditor u/TomSurman answered:

    It was probably originally pronounced more similarly to the actual spelling, but after a few generations it got slurred and compressed. Fun fact: Any British town with "cester" or "chester" in the name would have been a Roman settlement... because it comes from the Latin "castra." So that's 2,000 years of linguistic drift.

    510 votes
  • 3
    418 VOTES

    How Do Brits View The American Health System?

    Redditor u/SuperFlyDanny asked:

    What are your thoughts on the American health system?

    Redditor u/kirotheavenger answered:

    Absolutely horrendous, like a parody of a dystopian capitalist society.

    Redditor u/Keidis-mcdaddy answered:

    You guys have to pay to hold your babies after giving birth. People are literally skipping life-saving meds like insulin because they cannot afford the prices to stay alive. I’ve seen things saying people have been charged for petty things like cough sweets. That’s f*cked up.

    418 votes
  • 4
    452 VOTES

    Why Are Beans A Breakfast Food?

    Redditor u/henrique0405 asked:

    Why [are] you eating beans for breakfest bruh?

    Redditor u/akathewilyfox answered:

    A full English breakfast literally contains everything, nutritionally speaking. You've got carbs, fiber, protein all in one meal. Anecdotally, I used to work as a mobile engineer travelling all over the UK and staying in B&Bs every night. I can comfortably attest that a decent English breakfast will keep you going all day long, no need for lunch. Rarely got hungry until dinner in the evening and then I'd only need a small dinner.

    452 votes
  • 5
    279 VOTES

    How Do You Feel About Britain's History?

    Redditor u/Dense_Philosophy4294 asked:

    Do you revel in your great history, or lament it?

    Redditor u/DeschainesBrain answered:

    Our history is something everyone in Britain should be aware of and most people who do would probably say: both. There's some awesome stuff to be proud of, but there's also a lot of terrible things we have done and it's very important we remember and learn from these.

    Redditor u/TheLordOnHigh answered:

    Both. For example I'm extremely proud of the role we took in banning and fighting against the Atlantic slave trade. The West African squadron is a fantastic part of our heritage we should be very proud of. At the same time, I'm mortified by how we treated countries like India and Ireland. But at the end of the day there's no country in the world that can claim a truly clean slate. At least the modern generation of historians are aware of this dichotomy and don't try to sugar coat our history the way the historians of our grandparents' or parents' generations did.

    279 votes
  • 6
    287 VOTES

    Why Is The Food Lacking In Spices?

    Redditor u/erik_7581 asked:

    Why [did] you guys conquer the entire world in the search for spices, and now your food tastes like nothing?

    Redditor u/Fart_knocker5000 answered:

    Because while yes... we plundered the world for spices, our government also taxed their sale to the roof. While plentiful to the elite, spices were out of reach for the common people so they developed food using the things they could get locally.

    287 votes