It is sometimes said that it is hard to tell if a person (always a man) is either gay, or just British. I have a few questions about this:
Is it known in Britain that this meme (dunno what else to call it) exists in America? Does it exist elsewhere?
What is the earliest reference for this idea? Did it exist at all during WWII when the allies were fighting together?
I have on occasion seen news stories or clips where, I would have assumed a man speaking was gay, had he not been British. I suspect that some mannerisms that are more common in Britain coincide more with somewhat stereotypical gay mannerisms in America. Or that it’s just a bunch of bunk.