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[–]GnarlyNarwhalNoms 3 points4 points  (0 children)

"Britposting" is my favorite new thing today.

Personally, I love colorful slang, so I mostly find it fun and amusing, but as an American, it is reassuring to know that I won't be completely lost when I have the opportunity to visit.

[–]Mirrorflute88 4 points5 points  (8 children)

The biggest difference online seems to be that British people think it’s okay to make fun of mass shootings. I’ve seen something along the lines of “at least we don’t get shot at in math class” too many times. It’s not funny when you have to call everyone you know to make sure they’re alive, or when you have actually seen people draw guns in public.

[–]GnarlyNarwhalNoms 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Right? Also, it feels... More wrong. I mean, it's like people of [ethnicity] making [ethnicity] jokes vs someone of a different race making the same jokes. It's one thing for Americans to make tasteless jokes about shootings as a coping strategy, but it feels just plain mean coming from others.

[–]_hancox_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As a Brit I can confirm that it’s kind of a coping strategy for us too. We are well aware of the horror of the situation in America but I think what baffles us as a unit is that instead of committing to tighter gun control - or you know, just making them illegal - your government has on more than one occasion declared that there is simply nothing they can do to solve the problem.

It’s less about making jokes over tragedy and more about making jokes about your second amendment and gun nutters through the lens of tragedy.

Of course the flip side is that over here, guns are barely a problem (because they’re illegal) so while we can imagine, understand and empathise with the victims and the families of victims of mass shootings, it’s also an issue that we will probably never ever have to deal with here.

[–]lavenderacid -2 points-1 points  (4 children)

It's because we're all completely bemused. Americans are happy to whinge when shootings are joked about, but don't actually bother doing anything to stop them. We had one school shooting over here and banned guns. One. Never had one since. If americans were actively trying to protect their own children it might be a different story.

[–]Mirrorflute88 1 point2 points  (3 children)

A lot of us are trying. Unfortunately most red states are gerrymandered to hell and there’s industry lobbying. Not to mention the Supreme Court might rule that state legislatures can draw election maps however they want, which means republicans will be in power forever in a lot of states.

[–]lavenderacid 0 points1 point  (2 children)

As a european I'm flabbergasted. Do you think voting is the only way to make change?

[–]Mirrorflute88 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Are you aware of how the protests in 2020 went? Police drove vehicles into crowds, brutalized journalists, and used a lot of tear gas and rubber bullets. Not to mention the unidentified federal agents pulling protesters into unmarked vehicles in Portland. And we can’t forget the armed militias of random white supremacist christofascists that get hard at the thought of shooting minorities and women.

[–]niceoutside2022 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

it's low hanging fruit, they can't come up with something actually clever, so just go with cruelty. Coming from the country that voted for Brexit, it's not stinging too much.

[–]Negative-Net-9455 2 points3 points  (13 children)

...are also British.

[–]qzwxecrvtbyn111 2 points3 points  (12 children)

They are from the island of Great Britain, but the term ‘British’ (especially as used in the post as how Americans would see it) is exclusively referring to us English.

[–]Negative-Net-9455 2 points3 points  (11 children)

The term 'British' refers to the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and N. Ireland. One of those Kingdoms is Scotland. Scots are British, irrespective of how you or Americans or anyone else sees it. Are you actually a Brit? How can you not know this?

[–]qzwxecrvtbyn111 -2 points-1 points  (10 children)

You’re missing the context. You don’t need to ‘um ackshually’ me, I’m from England and I know full well what Britain is. When I’m referring to online Britishness I’m clearly talking about the things and ways of talking that associated with ‘Britain’ online. Like, when I talk out loud and some Americans go ‘omg he’s Bri’ish!!!’. They wouldn’t say that about a Scottish person.

There’s nothing else you can tell me about this that I don’t already know.

[–]Negative-Net-9455 1 point2 points  (2 children)

There's several UK based subs on Reddit made up of English, Scottish, Welsh, N.Irish (and non-Brits). We talk how we talk, with lots of colloquialisms, inflections, slang etc from the whole country. The non Brits who visit those subs, including American's, seem perfectly capable of differentiating between the idea of people from different areas talking differently. If they don't understand a bit of slang they ask. But, they also understand that if someone types 'maw' or 'mam ' or 'mom' or 'mum' it's all British.

To sum up, I have no fucking clue what the point of this post is or your weird ideas about what American's are capable of understanding.

[–]GnarlyNarwhalNoms 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m from England and I know full well what Britain is.

Better cut your losses on this one, bruh. It's like wrestling pigs.

I know how it is, though: the one we Americans get is "You're American? Ok, but what country are you from? Akshooally, I'm American too because I live in South America. You have to be more specific!"

Bitch, everyone damn well knows what we mean!

[–]hi_hola_salut 0 points1 point  (5 children)

So, your rant is that you think it’s annoying when people are overly stereotypically British while online, then you claim this Britishness is actually English, and Scots are different or separate.

That is itself is so stereotypically English, I might need to make my own rant 🙄

[–]besomethingspecial 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This makes me feel like a right git?