Reaffirming My Nationality, Via ‘The British Tag’

Hi all, just calling in for a bit of late-night silliness. It’s Sunday night and I’m running low on inspiration, but I’ve just discovered Gracie’s blog on which she’s completed ‘The British Tag’, and it seemed too good to pass up! As much as we Brits can moan about our nation (for anyone outside of Britain, it’s absolutely definitely a defect in our DNA to complain. Trust me, I’m a Brit) I do love living here. Let’s have these questions then… 

1. How many cups of tea do you have per day? (and how many sugars?)

I hope you’re sitting down, because this news may come as a shock – I don’t like tea. So, none! That being said, I’m assuming by ‘tea’ this means tea in its most Tetley form. I actually really love green, fruit and peppermint teas once in a while, although if you’re offering me a hot drink nine times out of ten I’ll have a black coffee, no sugar. 

2. What is your favourite part of a roast dinner?

You know what? I honestly can’t choose. At a push I’d say the meat, but then a roast wouldn’t be a roast without any of the other bits! 

3. What is your favourite dunking biscuit?2335313471_3a465baa7e

I don’t dunk biscuits because I don’t see the logic in taking something so lovely and making it soggy. Soggy food is a big no no. In terms of biscuits, though, I’ve recently been converted to the very British Rich Tea biscuit, after writing them off as the most boring biscuit in my childhood. Party Rings are a very close second, though!

4. What is your favourite quintessentially British pastime?

I’m a bit of a disappointment on the pastime front, let alone the quintessentially British pastime front. However, I do work in customer service at a posh-er supermarket (if such a thing exists,) so I do discuss the weather and how it’s too hot/not hot enough on a daily basis. Does that count?

5. What is your favourite word?

My favourite words are mostly Britishisms, actually – words like clamber, chuffed, rubbish, scamper, wonky, fancy, nifty, poppet. My Mum also referred to sneaking food from the fridge as ‘snaffling’ the other day, but I’m not sure if that’s just her making her own words up.  

6. What is your favourite Cockney rhyme slang?

I’m not well versed in Cockney rhyming slang, but I think we learned some in primary school – the only one that comes to mind is ‘apples and pears’, slang for stairs. I’d love to meet someone who uses Cockney rhyming slang genuinely!

7. What is your favourite sweet?

SO MANY GOOD SWEETS OH MY GOD. I don’t even know where to start. My Nana used to treat me, my brother and cousins to Jelly Babies, Smarties and Jaffa Cakes on Sundays when we were little, so I’ll go with those for the sentimental value. 

8. What would your pub be called?

The Cat’s Face. Bloody love cats.

9. Who is your number 1 British person?

Just the one? When all of my family and (the vast majority of) my friends are British, on top of all the British musicians/actors/comedians I love? Not happening, soz.

10. What is your favourite shop/restaurant?

I’m gonna have to agree with Gracie on this one, Topshop is a bit of a national treasure. I love Cath Kidston, too – last summer I had this grand plan to deck out my first proper house with all things Cath. I didn’t quite realise how expensive all her stuff is, but that doesn’t stop me swooning at the window display every time I walk past! I can’t think of any British restaurants off the top of my head, because everything tends to be foreign delicacies anyway. There is one thing we can all agree on, though, and that is the true beauty of a Spoons lunch. 

11. What British song pops into your head?

So many, all at once. One Thing by One Direction has the most British video I’ve seen possibly ever! I love it so much. 

12. Marmite.marmite-bottle

is a staple in my diet. My school years consisted of Marmite on toast for breakfast and Marmite
sandwiches for lunch, and I still eat it now (when I’m not trying to be good!)

If anyone wants to give this a go, do feel free – I know I’m technically meant to tag people, but being a bit of a WordPress rookie I haven’t got many people in particular to choose from! 

(Found the pictures in this post from Google Images, so they’re not mine. Whoever they belong to, thank you v much for prettying up my post!)

Until next time, 

Emma x

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