The ten things that make you truly British

The British are good at many things – queuing, making the best of bad weather and eating biscuits among them.

But how British do you count yourself? Researchers have quizzed the nation to find out what quirks the nation itself identifies as being quintessentially British.

Dunking biscuits in tea is officially the most British thing to do, as well as apologising for everything, pretending to like people we don’t and having fish and chips on a Friday.

If you can tick off at least eight of the below British traits in the pink box, you can officially be proud to be British.

How British do you count yourself? Researchers have quizzed the nation to find out what quirks the nation itself identifies as being quintessentially British – so how many traits can you tick off?


· Dunking biscuits in our tea

· Avoiding sitting next to someone on public transport at all costs

· Incessant queuing

· Apologising for everything

· Eating chips with weird toppings – e.g. curry sauce, or gravy with cheese

· Never ending politeness

· Eating fry ups for breakfast

· Awkwardly stepping side to side trying to walk past someone

· Pretending to like people we don’t

· Having meals based on days of the week – e.g. Sunday roast, Friday fish and chips

Countries outside the UK may be surprised to hear that only 14 per cent of Britons have a love for the monarchy, and regional terms of endearment such as ‘duck’ are used by less than 12 per cent of the nation (although this is more common in the north.

Habits which are often thought to be British born, but are actually despised by those who grew up here, include wearing pyjamas to the shops, letting reality TV take over our lives, and using excessive swear words in everyday conversation.


Teabag > water > remove teabag > add milk is the preferred way to make a cuppa, followed by a quick biscuit dip

The research also showed that ketchup is officially the nation’s favourite sauce to put on chips, and four times more popular than its nemesis, brown sauce.

The survey also opened up the ‘s-con’ vs ‘s-cone’ debate, and – in almost as close a tie as Brexit – ‘s-con’ came out as the official way to pronounce scone, with 53 per cent of the public’s vote.

A spokesperson for GalaBingo.com, who interviewed Brits, said: ‘There are a lot of British stereotypes flying around out there, and our research shows that, actually, not all of them are that accurate.

‘Some ring true; queuing, politeness, and odd street names, but it’s these oddities that makes Britain so unique and we definitely wouldn’t change them!’

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