There’s no doubt that Hertfordshire is known for its beautiful green countryside, market towns and good connections.
Many famous sports people are famously from the Herts area, such as Anthony Joshua, Jack Wilshere and Lewis Hamilton to name a few.
Other celebrities also live or grew up in our county with the likes of Alesha Dixon, Gino D’Acampo and Bradley Walsh being some of our most notable residents of past and present.
Maybe they’ll know as well as us everyday folk that with a great county like Hertfordshire comes some incredibly annoying phrases.
It’s the same irritating stereotypes floating around which people outside the county, no matter who they are, seem to use.
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Here are nine of the most common annoying things that people say to Herts residents:
1. You lot are all posh
It’s just not true. The county is full of people from different backgrounds, so you can’t categorise everyone into one!
2. You live in the countryside
Hertfordshire boasts beautiful countryside areas which many people outside the county travel to, however towns such as Watford, Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead are large urban towns.
Sure, Hertfordshire is a great location for someone wanting something more rural, but we can certainly offer the best of both worlds.
3. All you see are cows, sheep and horses
When I lived in London for a few years, this, for some reason, was the phrase I would hear the most.
Although we’re proud to have acres of fields and farmland for our friendly animals, I’m afraid you just won’t see a cow crossing the road round every corner.
4. There’s nothing to do
It’s fair to say the majority of these allegations come from people who live in London, or other major cities.
Of course compared to some cities it may seem ‘boring’, but there is an array of things to do.
How about Paradise Wildlife Park, Warner Bros. Studio, the countless shopping centres, and so many bars and restaurants to choose from?
5. There’s always traffic on the M25
This is one of the most famous roads in England, albeit probably the most hated!
The major motorway only briefly passes through Herts on its route around the capital, but that certainly doesn’t mean we get a clear run at things when we make our way south.
Of all the accusations, this is probably the one that holds the most truth, but it can have its quiet times.
6. Everyone in Herts vote Tory
It’s the common assumption – older population, Tory voters.
But again, it’s not fair to categorise everyone under one branch.
Unlike some counties, Hertfordshire’s MPs aren’t entirely made up of Conservative candidates, with St Albans’ Daisy Cooper representing the Lib Dems in the House of Commons.
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7. You have the University there don’t you?
Everyone that I’ve come across seems to know of one notable location in Hertfordshire, and that’s the university.
Many famous faces have passed through its doors with the likes of comedian Helen Lederer, DJ Flux Pavillion and England rugby player Owen Farrell.
But there’s more to Hertfordshire than its university, we can assure you.
8. Hereford is next to Hertford right?
No. The ONE letter difference in the two names seems to have caused a lot of confusion.
Just to clarify, Herefordshire is in the West Midlands and Hertfordshire, well, isn’t.
In fact, there are 145 miles between Hereford, Herefordshire and Hertford, Hertfordshire.
9. Is Luton in Hertfordshire?
Luton comes under Bedfordshire, although Herts towns such as Hitchin and Harpenden are only a short drive away.