REVEALED: The 40 most common British traits

British people are known for sticking the kettle on in times of trouble.
British people are known for sticking the kettle on in times of trouble.

Brits are most well-known for donning their shorts when the sun comes out, and sticking the kettle on in times of crisis.

That is the revelation made by Tetley following their commissioned 2016 Britishness Audit.

Two thousand adults were questioned on what they thought were "typically British" traits, with having a dry sense of humour, forming a queue at anything and not wanting to cause a fuss some of the most popular choices.

Cassie Shuttlewood, Senior Brand Manager at Tetley, said: "Our new ad is all about celebrating Britain’s greatest moments – the people and events that fill the nation with pride.

"And we wanted to explore this a little further with our audit, shining a light on how Brits feel about the country and the things people associate with Britishness."

Other "common" British traits include having a beer at the airport even though it's before 8am, giggling at innuendos and mistaking brightness for warmth.

What do you think the most common British trait is?


Wearing summer clothing at the first sight of sun

Apologising automatically

Ability to talk at length about the weather

Making a cup of tea in response to a crisis

Finding queue-jumping the ultimate crime

Forming a queue for pretty much anything

The typically British 'stiff upper lip'

Grumbling throughout a meal, but not telling staff so as not to cause a fuss

Making sarcastic/dry jokes

Having a beer at the airport even though it's before 8am

Giggling at innuendos

Making a cup of tea when you have no time to drink it

Getting sunburnt on the first warm day of the year

Finding the American forwardness 'a bit much'

Avoiding eye contact on the tube

Binge drinking at the weekends

Insisting the other person goes through the door first

Searching for a fry-up when on holiday abroad

Mistaking brightness for warmth

Finding nothing better than a bacon sandwich

Not asking for help so as not to 'put anyone out'

Insisting the barbecue will still go on despite rain

Bringing out fancy biscuits on a plate for visitors

Feeling extremely patriotic during sports events

Indulging in a pint and a packet of crisps

Reading newspapers in the morning

Feeling at home to the tune of EastEnders or Coronation Street

Wearing extra layers rather than putting the heating on

Feeling appreciative that the person in front put the 'next customer' barrier on the conveyor belt

Doing anything possible for a light tan

Owning a picnic hamper but only ever using it once a year

Starting a controversial statement with 'I'm not being funny, but...'

Being vague about your plans rather than decline an invitation

Thanking someone when you've done them a favour

Not correcting someone when they pronounce your name wrong

Loving your cat/dog more than your child

Searching your pockets when asked for spare change

Feeling extreme excitement over a Sunday roast dinner

Having mixed feelings towards the ill colleague