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17 Quirks People From Essex Don't Realise Are Weird

Having to avoid the seaside because the whole of London is there.

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1. Saying you’re from London even though it takes you an hour to get there.

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2. And spending half your working day on the actual commute there.

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3. Using the word “mate” as a full stop.

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4. Having to avoid the seaside in your own county because the whole of London will be there on sunny days.

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5. Dropping “Hello” in favour of opening all conversations with “Alright?”.

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6. Being unable to drive anywhere without being overtaken by a modified car with a dump valve.

7. Knowing someone who is in TOWIE but never admitting it however many times you're asked.

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8. Getting frustrated that people always talk about Basildon just because it's got that cringeworthy sign.

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9. Not using the word "sick" to describe someone who's unwell, but for something that's great.

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10. People from outside of Essex treating it like a tourist destination to see Essex girls and boys in their natural habitat.

11. Having friends you actually don’t know the name of because their nickname is so engrained.

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12. Halting all conversation while travelling through the Dartford Tunnel because you’re holding your breath.

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13. And 20-minute tailbacks at the Dartford Tunnel being standard.

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14. Dropping consonants left, right, and centre.

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15. Spending as much on the cab home from London as you did on the actual night out.

16. Always, pronouncing fucking as "faaacking" and bloody hell as "blaaady ‘ell".

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17. Constantly being in a confused state of being fiercely proud of where you’re from and wanting to run away from it.

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