Following The London Attack, Brits Are Showing Resilience And Humor On Twitter

"This is what 'reeling' means in British English."

Following an attack in London over the weekend, Brits are taking to social media to show that they won't let fear win — and they're using their signature wit to do it.

On Saturday night, three assailants drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before attacking people with knives in nearby Borough Market. Seven people were killed and dozens more injured in the third terror attack the U.K. has faced since March.

In reporting on the events, the New York Times described Britain as still "reeling" from the attack in Manchester two weeks ago. The Brits, however, begged to differ. "This is what 'reeling' means in British English," wrote one user, alongside an iconic photo of a woman drinking tea after a bomb raid during the London Blitz of World War II.


Another photo of people fleeing London Bridge went viral when some pointed out that one of the men pictured was still holding onto his pint of beer, without spilling. "God Bless the Brits!" one user wrote.

Soon, even more Brits were taking to social media to share just how resilient they are. The sarcastic hashtag #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling took off on Twitter in response to the New York Times' word choice, with users sharing their gripes about everything from tea to toast to telly.

"Nobody is using #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling to laugh at a terrorist attack," Twitter user Sofie Jaehn made clear. "We're using it to show we're not afraid after one."

Much like the crowd at Ariana Grande's Manchester benefit concert chose to come together with love on Sunday night, these Brits showed the true meaning of "Keep calm and carry on."

Check out some of our favorite tweets below: 

(H/T: Newsweek)

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