Being Brits mean we’re faced with all kinds of very British problems on a daily basis. Sometimes we’re far too polite for our own good. Here are 17 awkward problems we Brits have all experienced.

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1. When we need to get off the train or bus but the person next to us is blocking us in, we always rummage in our bag about five minutes before our stop, just to alert the person that they will need to move soon.

2. To show our anger we sign off emails with ‘Regards’ instead of ‘Kind Regards’. But when we’re on the receiving end of a ‘Regards’ email, we worry ourselves sick wondering what we could’ve done to warrant such a cold message.

3. It starts getting really awkward when someone holds a succession of doors open for us and we run out of ways to say ‘thank you’. After ‘Thanks,’ ‘Cheers,’ and ‘Ta,’ we really start to panic for another way to say it.

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4. There’s nothing more awkward than bumping into a colleague on the way into work. To avoid a commute full of small talk and awkward silences, we’d rather just find a whole new commute just to avoid them. Even if it means two extra buses, a later train, an hour long walk or boat!

5. When someone knocks at the door before we’ve had a chance to get washed and dressed, we hide until we know they’ve gone, rather than throw on a dressing gown and answer them.

6. When we receive a call from an unknown number, instead of answering the call, we stare blankly at the screen until the phone stops ringing. We’d rather wait for a voicemail to find out who it is.

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7. That awkward moment when we don’t hear what someone has just said and have to keep asking them to repeat it. After asking them twice, we just politely nod, smile and laugh. We just hope they didn’t tell us their cat died!

8. When we see someone we know, who’s not really a friend, walking just ahead of us, we stop dead in the street until they’re out of sight. Then we let out a sigh of relief that we avoided that awkward run-in.

9. We sometimes over use emojis because we worry that our texts will sound miserable without them.

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10. We roll our eyes and silently tut to ourselves when someone sits in the seat next to us on an empty train or bus. But when they look at us, well, we’re British, so of course we just smile politely whilst silently cursing them.

11. When we don’t quite catch someone’s name and they’ve already repeated it to us twice, we just avoid them forever so we never have to speak to them again.

12. When we pay for something with the exact change, we still feel the need to say, ‘I think that’s enough,’ even though we know it definitely is.

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13. When we don’t have enough change in a restaurant to leave a tip, we wait until our waiter is out of sight, before making a dash for the door, avoiding all eye contact on our way out.

14. We repeatedly press the door button on the train before it has lit up, just so that the other commuters know it’s not us delaying the doors opening.

15. When our hairdresser cuts too much hair off, we’re too polite to tell them that we hate what they’ve done. Instead we lie, tell them we love it, then just cry about it when we get home.

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16. When someone gets our name wrong, we’re too polite to correct them. We’d rather just start answering to a different name.

17. When we have a voucher or discount code to use in a restaurant, we always feel awkward having to shout after the waiter ‘I have a voucher,’ quickly before he puts the bill through.

 

Can you think of any other British problems? Let us know!