Britishisms Cards

What is it to be British?

What sets the people of Shakespeare’s “sceptred isle” apart? Many are the ways. Certain habits, quirks, orders of conduct, idiosyncrasies, ways of doing things and of having things done, manners and mannerisms are singularly British. Humour is another quality, as is typified in this unique folio of greeting cards.

The Cup Final

No.8 in a portfolio of 8 original insights

The FA Cup, the Football Association Challenge Cup, is the most sought after trophy in British sport. It is the one competition where clubs of all divisions, all manner of ability and potential, compete for the honour of the Cup. Since its inception in the 1871-72 season, the rules have changed, the players’ kit has changed and the footballs have changed, but the glory abides.

A Cuppa

No.7 in a portfolio of 8 original insights

Together with the Royal Family, nothing is more quintessentially British than a piping hot cup of tea. The taking of tea is a time-honoured tradition. Tea eclipses all social barriers. There is no celebration worthy of its name, and no tragedy so great, that it can’t be improved with a proper cup of tea. On average, 3.5 cups of tea are consumed every day for each person of British stock.


No.6 in a portfolio of 8 original insights

Remembrance Day. At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month each year, Britain observes a minute’s silence to commemorate those members of the British armed forces, who have given their lives for King and Country, in all conflicts, since World War One. Traditionally worn in the lapel, the red poppy from the fields of Flanders is the symbol of this hallowed occasion.

The Seaside

No.5 in a portfolio of 8 original insights

The seaside in summer is a magnet to Britons. Perhaps it’s the fact that the weather is so beastly for so much of the year that, at the first hint of sunshine, Britons head in droves for sandy beaches. Not always as one might imagine to Turkey, Cyprus, or the Costa del Sol, but more often to Blackpool, Eastbourne, Brighton, or Penzance - Britannia’s own peaceful seaside idylls.

Page 3

No.4 in a portfolio of 8 original insights

Page 3 of The Sun newspaper is famous for displaying the busty attributes of glamourous young female models. The first Page 3 Girls appeared in late 1969 as a gimmick to bolster flagging circulation figures. Titillating puns and risqué double entendres caption the poses. Much imitated by other tabloid newspapers worldwide, Page 3 remains proudly British in content and cultural contribution.


No.3 in a portfolio of 8 original insights

One facet of being “frightfully British” is to be exceedingly polite, whatever the circumstances or provocation. This characteristic of the British psyche is found in the frequent use of the word “Sorry” to cover a multitude of transgressions real or imagined. Sorry may be the most widely misused word in the English language.