London Bridge Attack: Twitter Schools US Media On What Really Makes Britons 'Reel'

Some jokes about tea, obviously

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On the day after the horrific attack that killed seven and wounded almost 50 in London on Saturday night, there were signs on Twitter that, thankfully, Brits had not lost their humour.

As reports flooded in about the attack on London Bridge and in Borough Market on Sunday morning, one came from the New York Times which said the events "hit a nation still reeling from the shock of the bombing in Manchester almost two weeks ago".

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Many on Twitter immediately sought to correct the respected newspaper that "reeling" is not really a thing Brits tend to do.

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Unless, of course, someone stands on the left side of the tube or tries to push in front of you in a queue.

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John Oliver, the British presenter who hosts American satire talk show Last Week Tonight, even addressed the frenzy in a monologue after showing clips of a CNN presenter also using the "r-word" while other reporters said the capital was "under siege".

"Here's the thing: For the record, in no way is Britain 'under siege'. It it upset? Yes. Is it pissed off? Oh you f***ing bet it's pissed off. But to say it's 'under siege' and that its people are 'reeling is to imply that it's somehow weak enough to be brought to its knees by three monumental arseholes. And that, as an idea, is insulting," he told an applauding audience.

Other reports from the US were also mocked for speculating on how quiet the streets of central London appeared to be at 8.30am on a Sunday morning.

And, finally, this man who has since become a national treasure by defiantly refusing to let being evacuated and told to run for his life mean he had to lose out on (what was probably) a £6 pint.