The New York Times wrote that Britain was ”still reeling” after London’s terror attack on Saturday. Britain disagrees.
— Robert Harris (@Robert___Harris) June 4, 2017
In response to the hyperbolic headline, many explained that the British simply don’t ”reel”. After all, Britain is the home of keep calm and carry on. There are, of course, a few exceptions.
To help the rest of the world avoid such embarrassing overgeneralizations in the future, British Twitter has shared their opinions on what truly makes Britain reel, using the hashtag #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling.
So get ready to take notes! Let’s take a look at what actually makes Britain reel.
— Rob Johnson (@evilrobster) June 4, 2017
Someone standing ambiguously near the back of a queue, but not quite in it.#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling
— SadfaceOtter (@SadFaceOtter) June 4, 2017
Disrespect of tea etiquette
— Faith Crummack (@FaithCrummack) June 4, 2017
— Lucy Wyld (@LucyWyld) June 4, 2017
— Emily Rose? (@emilyrosehip) June 4, 2017
Breaking toilet paper protocol
— Callum Shannon (@callum_shannon) June 4, 2017
— David Hobgen (@caughtinthedeep) June 4, 2017
The words ‘we’ll go round and everyone say your name and tell us something interesting about yourself’ #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling
— . (@Likemycoffee) June 4, 2017
The same person holding several doors in a row open for you and running out of different ways to say thanks #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling
— Ms Thomas (@thiannon_rhomas) June 4, 2017
Not catching someone’s name and having to spend the next three decades avoiding introducing them to anyone #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling
— Sarah Crook (@SarahRoseCrook) June 4, 2017
#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling not being able to talk about the weather ?????
— just me..Nic x (@1970nsj) June 4, 2017
Two consecutive days of sunshine #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling
— elPedro (@AngryPete666) June 4, 2017
Everything about public transportation
— Rebecca Wright (@bex2188) June 4, 2017
— Rob (@GenericZA) June 4, 2017
And perhaps most importantly…
Lack of snack civility
— ? nina ? (@ninypops) June 4, 2017
— Kirsty (@MissHartx3) June 4, 2017
People pronouncing it scone, when it is actually pronounced scone. #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling
— Jerknalist (@Prince_Albert37) June 4, 2017
— Duncan Steele (@duncsteele) June 4, 2017
— Charles Rothwell (@charlierothers) June 4, 2017
Finding a tin of Quality Street and discovering a sewing kit #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling
— Brikena (@BritishBree99) June 4, 2017