Being British is a bit like being part of a really awkward club, in which all the members like to avoid social contact and know how to queue nicely.
And nowhere is a sense of Britishness better summed up than on the Very British Problems twitter account, which brilliantly chronicles the awkward reality of being a Brit through 140 character tweets.
With its deadpan messages on topics such as the perils of being involved in office small talk and the dread of having to make an actual phone call, the account is truly all of us.
Hearing a recording of your own voice and deciding it's perhaps best never to speak again— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) October 22, 2013
Launched back in 2012 by freelance journalist Rob Temple, the account, which now has 1.4 million followers, rapidly gained cult status among us rain-loving Brits and has gone on to spawn two books, a TV show, a range of gift cards and a clothing line (plus, excellently, a Very British Problems board game that will be released in time for Christmas).
In honour of the publication of Temple's second book, More Very British Problems, we chart some of the account's most hilarious tweets.
Be prepared to splutter into your cup of tea...
Very British Problems: 10 very funny tweets
Describing someone as "fun" to indicate they're an absolute nightmare— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) October 22, 2016
"When's a good time to pop round?"— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) October 16, 2016
When I'm out
Best weekend activity: A really nice sit down— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) May 29, 2016
Suddenly being asked for your thoughts in a meeting when you've spent the last 15 minutes thinking about which sandwich to have for lunch— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) July 28, 2016
Deciding to get popcorn and drinks at the cinema then remembering you don't have £2,000 to spare— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) October 9, 2016
Meanings of "maybe"— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) October 8, 2016
Being unable to say "up to much this weekend?" without leaning back in your chair and pretending to stretch— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) September 30, 2016
Things Monday would do:— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) September 25, 2016
- add milk first
- talk in a lift
- eat the last biscuit
- pop round unannounced
- sit in your reserved seat
Four-word horror stories:— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) August 30, 2016
Team building away day
Rail Replacement Bus Service
Tell us about yourself
We're out of milk
Someone's at the door
Wondering what to buy for your lunchtime lunch while eating your homemade lunch at 11.30am— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) August 18, 2015
Brit 1: Sorry, are you in the queue?— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) December 18, 2014
Brit 2: Oh, no I'm not, sorry!
Brit 1: Oh, sorry!
<both Brits laugh uncontrollably with relief>