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The All-Purpose Getting-To-Know-BBers Questions Thread
17 August 2019
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What about: how close do you see yourself to your national stereotype?

Personally I don't think I'm awfully similar to the 'Aussie Bloke' (I say as I'm eating vegemite on toast (for the first time in ages))

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I'm pretty American, I have to admit. I'd like to think I act English but do I? No. 

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Oh yikes, I'm not even really sure what American stereotypes entail, except for the Americans-are-idiots one which I am currently fulfilling... I need to look this up...

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Monolingual: I only speak English at the moment, but I'm working on it a-hard-days-night-paul-7

Obsessed with work: hahahahahahahaha no. I'm the queen of procrastination and laziness.

Entitled: I hope not a-hard-days-night-paul-4

Ignorant: I would like to think not. I know what the Holocaust is and what the official language of Mexico is and I can point out the continent of Africa on a map. That said, I do generally avoid the news so I'm often rather ignorant on current events.

Overly patriotic: No, I don't think so.

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In some ways, i am but in others, i'm not:

Obesity: I definitely fit this stereotype and then some

Politics: In the US we have 2 stereotypes, the angry white man and the communist, and i'm neither

Masculinity: This one's a mixed bag. On one hand, i rarely wash my hands or go to a doctor, never wear makeup, would use violence to defend myself in a fight, and has no female friends but i'm also extremely sensitive (to the point where a basic redirection can ruin my whole day and being yelled at can haunt me for years) and i enjoy talking about my feelings

Monolingual: All i know is English because that's all i need to know, most of the major countries of the world can speak it and pretty soon, the whole world will only speak English

Having a small percentage of Native American ancestry: I have no proof but i think i might have a small percentage of First Nations ancestry

Metrication: I love the Imperial system and use it regularly, although i'm starting to fall in love with Celsius for temperatures

Religion: I'm agnostic, something that is unfortunately uncommon anywhere in the world, and not Christian like most of America

Sports: I couldn't care less about sports

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Hmm... I'm very patriotic, quite loud and brash, and am a crack shot with a BB gun*. That having been said, I don't particularly love fast food, am not overweight, not entitled, am slightly lazy, and am more well-informed than most. I'm working on the monolingual thing.

*granted, I'm going off of a single incident at a birthday party when I was like ten when I absolutely DESTROYED a target-full of water balloons before they made me let the next kid have a turn, but still. a-hard-days-night-george-4

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Beatlebug said and TheWalrusWasBrian Mostly Agrees
Hmm... I'm not very patriotic at all, quite loud and brash, and am scared of things that make loud noises, a crack shot with a BB gun*. That having been said, I don't particularly love fast food, am not overweight, not entitled, am very slightly lazy, and am more well-informed than most. I'm working on the monolingual thing.

  

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TheWalrusWasBrian said

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 ...scared of things that make loud noises...

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What's the stereotypical view of somebody British, and I'll let you know if I fall in to any of those categories?

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Remember that these are just stereotypes and are in no way meant to be accurate. Also, British doesn't mean English, so i will be listing all 5 countries in the British Isles and their stereotypes associated with them.

England:

Bad dental work

Tea

Getting your news from the BBC

Disliking America because no one's better than jolly old England

Saying "jolly old", "i'm terribly sorry", and "good day sir"

Loving the queen

Colonialists

Being very opinionated on Brexit

Scottish:

Kilt

Bagpipes

Sheep

Ginger

Alcoholic

Overweight

Violent

Wales:

Rugby

Saying "boyo"

Sheep

Northern Ireland:

Protestant

Violent

Hating Irish people

Being just like Irish people (some people don't understand that Northern Ireland and The Republic Of Ireland are 2 different countries)

Ireland:

Alcoholic

Corned Beef

Potatoes

Ginger

Catholic

Violent

Hating Northern Irish people

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I think of Brits as being physically fit. They like to take long walks on dirt roads in the countryside with their faithful hound. They are very practical and down to earth. Long-suffering with enough hope and love of life to get them through. Open and cordial. Patriotic. Family-oriented. Well-read. Punctual.

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Dark Overlord said
Remember that these are just stereotypes and are in no way meant to be accurate. Also, British doesn't mean English, so i will be listing all 5 countries in the British Isles and their stereotypes associated with them.

England:

Bad dental work - I have no dental qualifications, so my dental work would indeed be poor. On the other hand, Mrs Japanese and I somehow have four tubes of toothpaste in use.

Tea - Yes please, milk and no sugar.

Getting your news from the BBC - I get mine from the BBC and the Guardian mostly.

Disliking America because no one's better than jolly old England - I don't dislike America, but I'm not a fan of Trump. Mind you, our government is exactly one to be proud about either.

Saying "jolly old", "i'm terribly sorry", and "good day sir" - I'm terribly sorry, but I don't believe I would ever say 'jolly old' anything, unless I was (badly) mimicking somebody educated at Eton or Harrow.

Loving the queen - I don't love the Royal Family so much that I'd choose to camp outside St Mary's Hospital waiting for an heir to be born, or dress up as a union-jack gift shop on the day of a Royal Wedding, but I'm by no means a supporter of repulicanism either. My top 3 royals would be Her Majesty the Queen and Princes William and Harry. I don't agree with the apparent hatred of Megan Markhle either.

Colonialists - Well, I've never colonised anybody myself.

Being very opinionated on Brexit - It is mandatory for British people to be very opinionated on Brexit, even when you don't understand it or know what the solution is. This is especially important if you are an MP.

 

  

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Remember that these are just stereotypes and are in no way meant to be accurate. Also, British doesn't mean English, so i will be listing all 5 countries in the British Isles and their stereotypes associated with them.

Northern Ireland:

Protestant

Violent

Hating Irish people

Being just like Irish people (some people don't understand that Northern Ireland and The Republic Of Ireland are 2 different countries)

Ireland:

Alcoholic

Corned Beef

Potatoes

Ginger

Catholic

Violent

Hating Northern Irish people

  

I'm okay-ish with the term British Isles but I wouldn't actually recommend saying to an Irish people that they live in the British Isles. You will get effed and blinded at, and depending on who you say it to, you might get a punch in the gob. A lot of people take it to apply that Ireland is still part of the UK, when as we all know, we're a beautiful Republic 😉

 

For Norn Iron, another stereotype is "backwards"- which isn't a stereotype 'cause it's actually true ahahahaha, I'm sorry Norn Ironers please don't hit me. They also OBSESS over flags or as it's said in a Nordie accent "fleg". Flags are bloody everywhere, must be a sad life if your personality is built on the Union Flag or the Irish Republic flag. 

Also if you told some Northern Irish that they're "just like the Irish", you could very well end up in hospital- wouldn't recommend.

 

As regards the Irish stereotypes:

Alcoholic: I very rarely drink, I've probably drank approximately 2 full alcoholic drinks in my life- the reason being I get uncomfortably hot anytime I drink alcohol and I hate feeling like my face is on fire (I don't actually flush though). In saying that, yes a lot of Irish people have a drinking problem, simple reason because there's feck all to do in the majority of towns, except go to the pub and get sloshed. Every town no matter how small it is has multiple pubs, a church and a chipper of some sort.

Corned Beef: Is seldom eaten in Ireland, so seldom I've never actually seen it on a menu, in the butcher's, nor have had it myself. It's mostly an Irish-American thing.

Potatoes: I have potatoes practically every day, they truly are God 's gift to the world- boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew, mmmmm.

Ginger: How dare you? I will have you know, none of my family are cursed with the ginger gene. In fact.....I don't actually have any ginger friends >.>

Catholic: Put à la carte Catholic there and you're right. The Church had so many people leaving that you technically can't deregister yourself from the Church anymore, once a Catholic....ALWAYS A CATHOLIC! Myself and the vast majority of my friends (bar one) are agnostic/atheist though. Most young Irish people (I'm saying 40 and younger) very rarely attend mass bar for Easter and Christmas celebrations and yet they still tick the 'Catholic box' on the Census form paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif.

Violent: Goes with the alcohol, in saying that, I will box your bleedin' head in.

Hating Northern Irish people: I hate stupid Unionist Northern Irish, I hate Republican Northern Irish, the majority of Nordies are neither. All of the ones I have met have been nice people, the only thing is they talk funny, with their sing-song accents.

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I'm okay-ish with the term British Isles but I wouldn't actually recommend saying to an Irish people that they live in the British Isles. You will get effed and blinded at, and depending on who you say it to, you might get a punch in the gob. A lot of people take it to apply that Ireland is still part of the UK, when as we all know, we're a beautiful Republic 😉

It's a shame people feel that way because the British Isles is a geographical term, as opposed to a political one.

For Norn Iron, another stereotype is "backwards"- which isn't a stereotype 'cause it's actually true ahahahaha, I'm sorry Norn Ironers please don't hit me. They also OBSESS over flags or as it's said in a Nordie accent "fleg". Flags are bloody everywhere, must be a sad life if your personality is built on the Union Flag or the Irish Republic flag.

Ironic considering they don't have an official flag.

Corned Beef: Is seldom eaten in Ireland, so seldom I've never actually seen it on a menu, in the butcher's, nor have had it myself. It's mostly an Irish-American thing.

I wish i knew that considering how much i hate Corned Beef.

Hating Northern Irish people: I hate stupid Unionist Northern Irish, I hate Republican Northern Irish, the majority of Nordies are neither. All of the ones I have met have been nice people, the only thing is they talk funny, with their sing-song accents.

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What about: how close do you see yourself to your national stereotype?

Personally I don't think I'm awfully similar to the 'Aussie Bloke' (I say as I'm eating vegemite on toast (for the first time in ages))

  

Not very close to the Australian stereotype. People actually think I’m more English.

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Timothy said

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What about: how close do you see yourself to your national stereotype?

Personally I don't think I'm awfully similar to the 'Aussie Bloke' (I say as I'm eating vegemite on toast (for the first time in ages))

  

Not very close to the Australian stereotype. People actually think I’m more English.

  

Is that because you've been cheering Joe Root et al. during the Ashes?

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No. Mainly how I speak, and I’m more reserved and have a dry sense of humour.

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What about: how close do you see yourself to your national stereotype?

Personally I don't think I'm awfully similar to the 'Aussie Bloke' (I say as I'm eating vegemite on toast (for the first time in ages))

  

I usually associate Australian stereotypes with their regional accents - it's one of the few ways you can discern differences. Some of this is definitely classist and Australians still pretend to themselves that they're a classless society and maybe once we were but we sure as hell aren't now. And my personal experience has been being treated negatively based on a classist assumption, based on my accent and education, but it goes both ways. I would characterise class in Australian with the following of my invention since the common labels are pretty useless now. From top to bottom:

Aristo, Service, Trades, Working Poor, Under. These would be recognisable to the members of each class, although the Aristo's spend most of their time in denial. It's a ladder of income,  and also a ladder of social acceptability.

Here's a good place to start with Aussie accents. So my accent is definitely Cultivated and I come from a Trades class background but I'm stuck in Under now unless a miracle happens. But Working Poor people with Broad accents immediately assume I'm at least a Service class if not Aristo, and it's a hard perception to shift, being that it lets them play victim of something or other. This isn't fair because although I'm not the Aussie Bloke stereotype, I'm still Aussie, and capable of stupid nationalism connected to sporting events, cheerful politeness ("no wuckers"),  and guarding the Tim-Tams. ahdn_john_08_gif But I'm not very good at hiding my intelligence and lefty attitudes I guess mccartney-shrug_01_gif

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That's a very good point @ewe2 - your accent plays a major factor into the national stereotype, particularly the Australian one. I have one of the most cultivated accents at school, though I actually only have a general accent.

 

Speaking of you being in the 'Under' class - how's everything going? Has a miracle happened with your eyes?

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^Interesting. In the US, as you are probably all aware, accents are much more regional (almost like Britain). More and more Americans just have a bland standard American accent, which may be slightly colored with a regional twang; I don't have a particularly strong Southern accent, but I do have a slight twang that comes out depending on the situation.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8That is true. While there’s a significant difference between a Boston accent and a southern accent, you could put someone from California and someone from, say, Michigan next to each other and chances are I wouldn’t be able to hear any difference between their accents.

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