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Deservedly or not, Brits have a reputation for awkward politeness. Twitter account @awfullybritish2, which is run by a collective of funny people on the internet, highlights that reputation with its Twitter hashtag game.
Through the game, users tasked with creating their “awfully British” take on the topic at hand. Sunday night’s game was dubbed #AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews, and it managed to go viral.
“I was very disappointed but if that upsets you then I liked it,” Twitter user @bryan_fogg wrote.
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#AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews— (((Trumpton Camra))) (@Trumpton_camra) October 13, 2019
Simply not cricket. ........
#AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews— Bryan Fogg (@bryan_fogg) October 13, 2019
I was very disappointed but if that upsets you then I liked it
#AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews it was a terrible product, not fit for purpose, badly packaged and it caught fire as soon as I opened it and gave me 3rd degree burns so I have deducted a star.— Captain Adventure - Official (@CptAdvntre_Offc) October 13, 2019
I'm so sorry the book I ordered didn't arrive and I'm so sorry you are going to have to send me an replacement.— Ali (@tavistockgirl) October 13, 2019
Again, sorry...please accept my apology. #AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews
Twitter user @Vix_Russell expressed anti-social behavior when around strangers, another reputation among Brits, on the hashtag.
“I ordered a book off Amazon and asked for it to be left in the porch…the delivery driver proceeded to ring the doorbell & bang on my door, before taking it to a neighbours’. Great, now I have to actually interact with a human to acquire my delivery,” they wrote.
I ordered a book off Amazon and asked for it to be left in the porch...the delivery driver proceeded to ring the doorbell & bang on my door, before taking it to a neighbours’.— Vix Russell (@Vix_Russell) October 14, 2019
Great, now I have to actually interact with a human to acquire my delivery #AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews pic.twitter.com/m8cEheCGNO
Others leaned into Brits’ true, foul-mouthed nature.
It was bollocks #AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews— Neverending Ghosted Girl (@girl_ghosted) October 13, 2019
#AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews this is a ghastly bloody hellish book— erick caves (@fucsiabird77) October 13, 2019
I bought a Halloween costume, was meant to be The Joker, all I got was a Boris Johnson mask, scared the shit out of the missus though! #AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews— Stuart Lee Robson (@Roppa77SLR) October 13, 2019
Twitter user @andlifeainteasy took the opportunity to vent about a very real British problem.
“They left the package by the bins and recycling took it. #AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews,” @andlifeainteasy wrote.
They left the package by the bins and recycling took it. #AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews— I'm a believer 🕊☃️🌹❤️💄🍎🍅 (@andlifeainteasy) October 13, 2019
The hashtag was flooded with Brexit jokes, of course.
“I’ve ordered Brexit twice now but it was never delivered,” Twitter user @Berlinseshdmtv wrote. To which Twitter user @BipolarPrince12 replied, “It was moderately popular, but unfortunately turned out not to be as described at all, so best to bin it, get in touch with trade descriptions and get your money back.”
It was moderately popular, but unfortunately turned out not to be as described at all, so best to bin it, get in touch with trade descriptions and get your money back 😎— Bipolar Princess 🌹🏴 (@BipolarPrince12) October 14, 2019
I ordered this “guide to brexit” 2 years ago and it’s still not been delivered #AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews— Mick 🦅 (@MickDavis5) October 13, 2019
Admittitely I was drunk when I ordered it. But im still not sure what brexit is. #AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews— Matt O'Connor (@MattOCo40894976) October 13, 2019
Then there was a whole category of jokes about far-right politician Nigel Farage, who sells his books on Amazon.
“I ordered Nigel Farage’s autobiography. The delivery driver simply ejaculated through my letter box. I was pleasantly surprised by it’s accuracy,” Twitter user
I ordered Nigel Farage's autobiography. The delivery driver simply ejaculated through my letter box. I was pleasantly surprised by it's accuracy. #AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews— Cameron Phillips (@cameron71) October 14, 2019
Bought a book by Nigel Farage but it was returned to the depot, at least something knows when to go back to where it bloody came from! #AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews— Manremainsanon (@manremainsanon) October 13, 2019
I ordered my 'Dambusters flying over Nigel Farage commemorative plate' only for it to be delivered by a Polish delivery driver. Please have it collected by a decent, law abiding, Anglo Saxon. #AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews— Cameron Phillips (@cameron71) October 14, 2019
One user’s take poked fun at book aesthetic lovers.
“I saw this book online – I really liked the idea of reading it but I knew I never would. It looks lovely on my bookshelf. Pristine and no creases at all!” Twitter user @jeremyorbell wrote.
I saw this book online - I really liked the idea of reading it but I knew I never would. It looks lovely on my bookshelf. Pristine and no creases at all! #AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews— jeremyorbell (@jeremyorbell) October 14, 2019
Along with Brexit, memes overtook the hashtag–which also featured unflattering takes on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (so, still kind of Brexit).
This is not the type of mug holder I requested,” Twitter user @PaulPJB wrote, along with a photo of Johnson cheerfully holding up a “Get Brexit Done” mug.
I ordered a Minister on Prime. Got a version I hadn't chosen, looks like it was left in the hedge. It sometimes is compatible with Alexa but I can't trust a thing it says. To cap it all I found it stuck on my clothes drier with my union jack smalls. #AwfullyBritishAmazonReviews— Jeff Chew (@JeffChew9) October 14, 2019
Johnson wasn’t the only one being dragged through the virtual mud. Jacob Rees-Mogg, of the lounging politician meme, and Piers Morgan both received dishonorable mentions.
Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org