Meaty Trumps’ ‘British Nonces’
No, not endorsing it in the slightest. But there’s a certain admiration for the ingenuity. And, of course, for the Englishness.
This might be something that’s more apparent to an expat like myself (as are many readers here of course). But one of the ways that Johnny Foreigner thinks that we English (perhaps British, not really sure) are very odd is that we will and do joke about absolutely everything. You can thoroughly confuse a German business meeting for example, entirely packed with those completely fluent in English, simply by introducing an Englishman into it. Who will try to break the ice by having a chat and making a few jokes about whatever: and our Germanic friends will be going “Jokes? What? This is a business meeting!”.
It might be a coping mechanism, might simply be a cultural trait, but we really do joke about everything and often, the worse it is, in reality, the more we’ll joke about it.