13 things tourists should never do in Britain, according to Brits

The people have spoken.

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Great Britain is great - hence the name. That's why so many people want to come here and see what this beautiful country has to offer.

And while we really appreciate all the attention, there is a whole plethora of things tourists do that are absolutely bloody annoying.

That's why Quora user Makiko Itoh asked "What should I absolutely not do when visiting your country?" and the Brits delivered.

  1. 1 Don't be ignorant about geography
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    Source: maban.co.uk / Anna Debenham

    "Don't forget the United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Refrain from addressing all the people as English, instead use the terms Britain and British." - Maura Rodriguez

  2. 2 Don't say 'fanny'
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    "Fanny means vagina here." - Beth Murray

  3. 3 Don't ask a question without saying 'sorry to bother you' or the word 'sorry'
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    Or 'please,' for that matter. "We Brits are overly polite." - Deepak Shukla

  4. 4 Do not criticise British accent(s)
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    "It will sound like you're mocking it. That includes trying to speak in a British accent too. Also don't mention everyone how sexy you think British accent is." - Cate Collazo (sic)

  5. 5 Do not, do not, do not go in for a kiss on the cheek to greet Brits
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    "We freak the hell out. We will kiss back to be polite, but we don't know if we're doing it right, and we'll probably go the wrong way and plant a smacker right on your lips accidentally. This is the only thing we hate about going to France. Other than all the French people." - Beth Murray

  6. 6 Don't disrespect the queueing etiuquette
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    "We take that shit seriously - nobody will say anything if you do, but we will give each other knowing nods and tut in unison. If you're not sure if there's a queue, there probably is." - Beth Murray

  7. 7 Don't loiter or stop in the middle of the pavement, in front of a ticket machine, or on the wrong side of the escalator
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    "British people are always rushing, and nothing is more irritating than someone stopping right in front of you." - Josh Wikin

  8. 8 Don't try to annoy or tickle a guard outside Buckingham Palace
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    "Just don't do it." - Deepak Shukla

  9. 9 Don't say what you mean
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    "Brits have perfected the art of sarcastic comments and back-handed compliments. Don't be direct, be creative" - Deepak Shukla

  10. 10 Don't strike up a conversation with random people
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    "Unless you have to ask for directions or for someone to move their stuff from a seat!" - Josh Wikin

  11. 11 Don't skip your turn to buy drinks
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    "If we're doing rounds, we're doing rounds, period." - Toby Worth

  12. 12 Don't be loud
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    "Us Brits are a quiet and timid people, and too much noise will easily frighten us and cause us to cower behind a painting of the Queen or throw our tea as a distraction. Seriously though, a mark of a tourist is a loud voice in the middle of a museum or a train car." - Jake Williams

  13. 13 Don't ask how much money someone makes
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    "Instead, just ask other related questions, e.g. 'What do you do for a living?'" - Annie Taylor

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