Stereotypes about Wales
There is one in every crowd and there’s a handful of stereotypes about any culture or region. Wales is not the exception to the rule, so we’ve come up with several of the most common, sometimes true, and slightly ridiculous stereotypes about Wales and the Welsh for your enjoyment.
Yes, well, with the likes of Sir Tom Jones, it is hardly a surprise that many people believe that anyone from these parts is automatically an amazing singer. While Wales can be proud of the fact that it is the birthplace of many a fine artist, this belief hasn’t got a leg to stand on. We are not all fine, talented singers just waiting to be discovered. Too bad, eh?
Somehow, a survey done in the UK revealed a few choice adjectives connected to the idea of Wales. While there are jokes about Scottish money management and Irish efficiency, it is actually the Welsh who are perceived as stingy and unambitious. Furthermore, the National Character Survey revealed that the Welsh are not rude, but neither are they open to new ideas. In fact, if there was a defining characteristic of Wales in this survey, it would be one that even a significant portion of the Welsh agree on – gloomy. That’s right, even the people who live here think we’re anxious doomsayers. Oh, well.
Now In a Minute
Now, for someone who is not from Wales, this might sound like a bit of conflicting info, especially when used as a time-frame. If someone says they’ll be ‘there now in a minute’, it sort of means that they can arrive at their destination anywhere from a real minute to several years. That idea about the Welsh being unambitious may be on to something.
There is a force stronger than an earthquake and fiercer than the fiercest storm. Its name is Mam. That’s right, Welsh mothers are known for being strong, uncompromising, and heaven-help-you kind of people. The rest of the world may have a different name for the only signal that everything is about to go to hell, but we call it Mamface.
Unpronounceable Names of Places
The Welsh language has a lot of consonants, but the biggest challenge to any person not from Wales comes in the form of names of places. In fact, people have so much trouble with Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch that we had to shorten it to Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, just to give you guys a fighting chance. In case you’re wondering, it means “The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio’s of the red cave”. See, it’s not much easier in English, is it?
Seriously? Have you tasted Scottish cuisine? Or some of England’s creations? One of the stereotypes surrounding Wales is that our cuisine is bad, but this one, sorry to say, is a load of tosh. Some of the finest restaurants in the UK can be found in Cardiff.