In short- yes.
Generally speaking, The British tend to keep their concerns to themselves and try not to complain unless there is a big issue. However, if you plan on staying in London for a while, you’ll need to know the 3 top things that the British love to complain about. You’ll be hearing them a lot!
- The Weather
In January, you’ll hear people constantly saying: ‘It’s bloody freezing, I wish it was summer!’
In August, you’ll hear people constantly saying: ‘It’s absolutely boiling, why don’t we have air con! I wish it was winter’
The truth is, the weather in the UK is changeable and unpredictable, a bit like your average Brit. We’re in the summer now and you’ll see people on the tube looking depressed or exhausted despite praying for warm weather most of the year. Don’t get me wrong, the heat is usually welcomed by most Brits. It’s a chance to get some much needed sun, do outdoor events without the fear of rain (although British summers can be quite wet) but also it’s the school break so families are eager to travel or spend time with one another. I guess the weather is a conversation starter for most, so we’re always checking the forecast so we have something to talk about on our travels or at work. It could also be a distraction from all the political unrest that The UK has been suffering from in recent years. Whatever the case, we always moan about the weather so if you want to adopt a British trait, moan about the weather.
I honestly don’t think I’ve come across a Brit who enjoys their job. Almost every Brit has something to complain about. Even if the job itself is fine, they will find something to moan about. I have a friend who works at a Primary School and she absolutely loves teaching kids and gets on really well with her colleagues. She’s been there for a while but recently I asked her how work was going and she said: Terrible. The kettle broke; I couldn’t make my morning coffee, so I’m thinking of relocating. Of course, there are probably other reasons as to why she’s relocating but you can see how Brits will let things build up inside them and then snap when something small happens. Maybe we’re just too pessimistic? I think that we shouldn’t allow our employment to define us and fill our free time with things that we enjoy.
To be fair, queuing is annoying. We queue for everything, except perhaps the Central line. It’s very British to show your frustration through grunts, tuts or facial expressions but it’s considered rude to shout ‘Hurry up!’ unless of course you’re up North where they tend to vocalise their thoughts more than Londoners.
Queuing is the one thing we complain about after we’ve done it. You never complain whilst queuing, you stand there, whilst your legs cramp and only after you’ve left you call and moan about queuing. I guess the thing to learn from this is to be quick at the Sainsbury’s self-checkout, or else you’ll have 50 eyes staring at you in disgust.
Overall, we are a patient and polite nation when we aren’t moaning.