English Myths Debunked

It’s April and while we normally concentrate on thinking Spring, sandals and bunnies, the world’s attention is on England and more importantly the Royal Wedding. As I grew up there (and you thought I’d just spelt Mummy wrong!!) then I thought I’d do an article debunking some English myths. As I’m now the holder of two passports (one British and one American) this is not a “we’re better than you article!” Just for fun so enjoy!

This is supposed to be a lighthearted look at what Americans think of their Number 1 ally. I asked my Facebook friends what they thought of us Brits and here ya go.

The English Muffin Debate

I love this! So many people figure these are English. I mean of course you would, right?! Well, I had to disappoint but the only muffin in England is called “an American muffin” and generally has chocolate chips. This has amused Hubby and I for years as we have no idea where it came from….until we met an Irish girl when we lived in Thailand for 3 years.

We came up with the conclusion that a muffin is not a crumpet (that fave little baked good that I adore!) but closer to an Irish bread. Really not English at all.

So there you have it folks. It took an English girl, American guy, Irish lass in Thailand to solve the English Muffin debate!

Becki S: I think of the most excellent music. Where would music be without the English? I adore their tellly shows and watch BBCA all the time, we are light years behind them in everything cultural but that’s my opinion.

I do love British tv and comedy. But I will say The Office in the US beats The Office in England hands down. Sorry Ricky G! If you have time I highly recommend you check out Top Gear on BBC America. I grew up watching Fresh Prince, Doogie Hoswer and later on E.R. and Friends. Great American shows that made the leap across the pond.

Elizabeth Reisner: I’m not at all English and I love Monty Python 😉
Stephanie W: That they have a strange sense of humour think Monty Python. 😉

Fun fact: I’ve never seen it! I’ve tried a couple of times but really didn’t enjoy it! Maybe I’m just too American!

Holly B: They hide their emotions.

From one who wears her heart on her sleeve, this is a toughie. Many of my British friends are very frank and call a spade a spade. It’s true we’re more reserved, very private and generally don’t enjoy hugging (think 3 feet rule of personal space!) but mostly we don’t hide our emotions.

Sheila Z: We have “tea & cookies” and we know what real cookies are!

In a land where a biscuit is a thing served with gravy, we Brits have never quite understood who would eat that! When my Hubby and I got married he liked to tell people he never understood me and just kept nodding. When he got to the aisle he wondered what he’d nodded to!! Funny guy that Hubby!! So before he volunteers to translate as he often does here’s some English/American translations:

Biscuits – A cookie generally served with tea. Biscuits are meant to be dunked in the tea unless of course you’re at some fancy pants hotel that’s “trying” hard to do English tea and biscuits!
Chips – Don’t think Lay’s think fast food fries.
Crisps – Chips
Bin – Garbage can
Football – Very important hobby! Soccer.

Katrina R: They’re always proper

It’s true, we always are taught to maintain formality, decorum and of course eat with a knife AND fork and NEVER pick u food including chicken wings!

Rebecca S: The food is not good (which i must disagree, I found quite a bit I loved)
Jessica M: I’ve heard that English food/cooking is pretty bad

I won’t lie, our food is not something we’re known for like the French or Italians. But then there aren’t really many truly British recipes as we’re a hodge-podge just like Americans. Check out this section for some of my Mums recipes and give them a go. I highly recommend Yorkshire puddings. One thing I will say is: our gum is waaaaay better. Although both manufactured by Wrigley’s, ours is in chicklet form and yummy! And, British chocolate rocks Hershey’s any day! Apprarntly rules govern the amount of milk fat you can add in America making British chocolate creamier. Even the Cadbury’s here is not the same as it’s manufactured under the Hershey name and with US rules. I stick to Dove but get constant care packages of an awesome chocolate named Galaxy.

Jessica M: I think of hot tea also, with milk. (Love mine that way!)

Tis true, Jess. We like black tea with milk and sugar. We drink it A LOT! When my parents are in town the electric kettle (a must have in any British kitchen as it boils water in about 2 minutes or the time of a commercial!) is constantly on. We don’t have set “tea times” unless you’re royalty but we do drink it loads.

Lynn J: They are very smart and skinny.

No comment!

Gwen R: They always sound so polite, even when mad.

Back to the reservedness.

Sharon D: They drive on the wrong side of the road!

Hey, what’s wrong to you is right to me and vice versa!! LOL! Lots of other countries drive on the left side. Lots of other countries call soccer football. Just sayin’!!

Rita M: So far, on FB, I have met quite a few nice people from England

Yay! Glad we’re representing well 🙂

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