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19 Quirks British People Don't Realise The Rest Of The World Finds Weird

Using "you alright?" as a greeting.

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what quirks about Britain they find weird. Here are some of their thoughts!


4. Our passive-aggressive use of "you're welcome".


"Using a quiet 'you're welcome' as a punishment for someone who doesn't say thank you, like if you hold the door open for someone and they don't say thanks or if you let someone past on a small road and they just drive past."


6. Ending messages with "x".

why do other british people put an x after literally everything they're like "oh my nan just died x" am i missing out on something

"I honestly thought my friends from other countries didn't like me or found me really annoying because they never put an 'x' at the end of their messages, it's only been a recent realisation that it's just another awkward overly polite British thing!" – elliew4a694ef26

7. Greeting people with "you alright"?

I need to stop greeting people with 'are you alright?' Bc they don't understand it means 'how r u doing' and I get so many bewildered looks

"'Are you all right?' as a greeting!! Took me *months* to figure this one out, kept thinking I must look upset or something!!" – toujoursmoimeme


9. The sheer variety of lightbulbs we use.

Flickr: theenmoy, Flickr: iancvt55

"The lightbulbs! There are two types of fitting (screw and bayonet) and two sizes, but you can't tell without unscrewing what you've got, so you either have to be the kind of person with the foresight to check all your bulbs before they burn out and pre-buy appropriate replacements, or you just wait until they burn out and hope when you go to the store you remember not only that you need whatever watt lightbulbs but also that you need skinny bayonets or large screws or whatever, and life is complicated enough without all that!" – lisac49abaf840


12. How sweary we all are.


"The cursing thing is so strange to me! My roommate is from the UK (we live in New York) and whenever her parents come over the amount of F-bombs and C-U-Next-Tuesdays that come out of all of them is hysterical. They're legit the nicest people on the planet but just don't give a second thought about swearing in front of one another. It's such an odd cultural thing. My parents would have my head if I ever used that language in front of them!" – JillBeth

13. Referring to all desserts as "pudding".


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