Woman living in UK for decade shares funny list of ‘weird as hell’ observations
An American woman living in the UK for a decade has written a hilarious list of British things she finds ‘weird as hell’.
Jessica Rose’s thread on Twitter has had hundreds of comments, likes and more than a thousand retweets.
Her observations covered language, food, British politeness – and even the queueing system.
“British people have rising intonation when they say “bye” on the phone so it’s a bouncy “byYEEE” and why do you people do that,” she asked.
She also wondered: “Please why beans on toast there are so many other lazy foods that are actually good why is this a thing?”
Jess was also perplexed by fishfinger sandwiches, Brits rushing to rocky beaches and the pronunciation of certain words.
“I have been living in the UK for 10 years this year. Please have a short thread of things that are still weird as hell to me,” she wrote on Twitter.
“People here put fish fingers (yes they mean fish sticks but I’m fine w the name part) in sandwiches which is just…why.
“Britishes pronounce “patronise” pat-row-nize but pronounce “patron” in the expected way and this divergence distresses me.
“Britishes call their fanciest private schools public schools which is weird and confusing, likely by design.”
The thread prompted a lot of engagement, with one follower saying: “JESS NO I AM SORRY NO I can get on with the rest of this thread but I cannot believe you are coming for the fish finger butty which is a thing of joy.”
Jess replied: “It makes roughly as much sense as making chicken nugget sandwiches. I’m not saying it’s a bad idea but it is a weird idea.”
She also tweeted: “If you and another person are waiting to be served at a bar, you must each claim that the other person was next in line to be served when approached by staff.
“This process may involve several rounds of “No, you”s and is resolved via unknown means.”
Jess also described British beaches as just ‘banks of sharp stones by the water’.
She wrote about how people go there and buy “disappointing candy sticks called rock.”
She added: “If there is a mistake at a coffee shop or restaurant British people will complain to everyone but the people who could fix the issue and if asked by those people will report that everything is fine.”