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51357Re: [Czechlist] CHAT: "Things that are offensive tou (REVISITED: Zamereni)

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  • Hannah Geiger
    Apr 1, 2013
      I love it.

      Personally, lots of Brits settle in America for one reason only: because it
      feels so bloody good not to have to be civilised at all. Ha Ha.


      On Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 3:40 PM, "wustpisk" <gerry.vickers@...> wrote:

      > I saw this and I thought of you - maybe you ought to invest in some :)
      > http://m.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/apr/01/guardian-goggles-augmented-reality-specs
      >
      > --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, James Kirchner <czechlist@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > At least the BBC was balanced in this case, also running an article on
      > offensive British behavior:
      > >
      > http://www.bbcamerica.com/mind-the-gap/2013/01/24/10-things-brits-dont-realize-are-offensive-to-americans/
      > >
      > > Comments on the Americans offensive to Brits article:
      > >
      > > No offering to buy a round
      > > Americans buy rounds in certain types of situations and not in others.
      > When you've got three or four good friends sitting there, and they're not
      > going to be drinking gallons and gallons, Americans often buy rounds. If
      > the group consists of the full cast of The Ten Commandments, most of whom
      > are strangers, and they're all alcoholics, an American will want separate
      > bills.
      > >
      > > Taking our plates away
      > > Americans don't like the clutter of empty plates, and they'd rather have
      > it all cleared away and just sit there with their drink, dessert, or
      > whatever. It's no judgement about the speed of anyone's eating, so the
      > Brit's too paranoid here.
      > >
      > > Talking in the cinema
      > > I don't know any American who is not offended by people talking in the
      > movie theater, except for the people who are talking. However, the fact
      > that the Brit just sits there and endures it shows he lacks the spine to
      > tell the people to shut up. Most of them will. If they don't, you get the
      > usher or manager to tell them to shut up or to kick them out.
      > >
      > > Making introductions
      > > Why are the Brits so unfriendly that they won't introduce themselves?
      > >
      > > Therapy talk
      > > I don't know any American who will blather on about his therapy, because
      > that's a private matter. Whoever wrote this article must have been
      > spending all his time around rich secular people in the East, who have the
      > money to pay for a therapist as recreation and doesn't go to a church or
      > synagogue. Maybe he just got this from old Woody Allen movies. Most
      > Americans only get therapy if something serious is wrong (and often not
      > even then).
      > >
      > > Describing something as "quite good"
      > > The fact that his is even an issue shows that the Brits must have been
      > using the expression insincerely for so long that the meaning changed.
      > Something like saying, "Well, done!" to mean everything from, "Well,
      > done!" to, "You botched it!" Very Japanese.
      > >
      > > Complaining
      > > If someone is being cheated, taken advantage of, receiving bad service,
      > etc., he deserves to have the situation remedied in the moment. It's kind
      > of despicable to say nothing at the time and then go gossip about it later.
      > This is why John Cleese couldn't get a refund for the dead parrot. In
      > fact, the complaining may be benevolent, because the establishment may be
      > unaware of the problem and will WANT to fix it.
      > >
      > > Over-politeness
      > > Most Americans could do without the greeters at the doors of Walmart or
      > Meijer's, but there's nothing wrong with asking if someone needs help or
      > information. Often they do. Many Europeans tend to think it's over-polite
      > to be spoken to at all, as did a German I met who got angry because a
      > waitress making her rounds routinely asked just once if he wanted his
      > coffee cup refilled (free of charge). One German even went so far as to
      > tell me that if a customer can't find something, "That's his problem!" and
      > that the staff shouldn't speak to him or offer to help.
      > >
      > > Jamie
      > >
      > > On Mar 30, 2013, at 3:57 PM, wustpisk wrote:
      > >
      > > > OK
      > > >
      > > >
      > http://www.bbcamerica.com/mind-the-gap/2013/01/29/10-things-americans-dont-realize-are-offensive-to-brits/
      > > >
      > > > (the picture is quite apt :) )
      > > >
      > > > --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, James Kirchner <czechlist@> wrote:
      > > >>
      > > >> There's no "Like" button, so you have to contribute an arrogant
      > statement.
      > > >>
      > > >> JK
      > > >>
      > > >> On Mar 30, 2013, at 3:22 PM, wustpisk wrote:
      > > >>
      > > >>>
      > > >>> (where's the 'like' button on this thing?)
      > > >>>
      > > >>> --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, Charles Stanford
      > <charliestanfordtranslations@> wrote:
      > > >>>>
      > > >>>> Give it a break Jamie
      > > >>>>
      > > >>>>
      > > >>>> On 30 March 2013 14:48, James Kirchner <czechlist@> wrote:
      > > >>>>
      > > >>>>> **
      > > >>>>>
      > > >>>>>
      > > >>>>>
      > > >>>>> On Mar 30, 2013, at 6:03 AM, Melvyn wrote:
      > > >>>>>
      > > >>>>>> You work in US academia. In Britain the expression "specialist
      > subject"
      > > >>>>> is totally commonplace. Do these sound odd to you too? Specialist
      > subject
      > > >>>>> degree, specialist subject teacher, specialist interest courses,
      > specialist
      > > >>>>> interest groups, specialist college, specialist science college
      > (my old
      > > >>>>> grammar school is now one), specialist school...? All can be found
      > on UK
      > > >>>>> (plus Aussie and NZ) educational and not-for-profit sites. Even
      > > >>>>> bilingualism gets a Specialist Interest Group
      > > >>>>>> http://www.londonsigbilingualism.co.uk/
      > > >>>>>
      > > >>>>> Yes, most of them sound odd to me.
      > > >>>>>
      > > >>>>>
      > > >>>>>> So again you come across something unfamiliar and immediately say
      > it
      > > >>>>> sounds mighty Czech.
      > > >>>>>>
      > > >>>>>> But don't let me stop you doing this. I am sure even you will see
      > the
      > > >>>>> funny side eventually.
      > > >>>>>
      > > >>>>> At least I don't freak out when I find that most English speakers
      > don't
      > > >>>>> understand my state's localisms, which is something that British
      > on this
      > > >>>>> list seem to do. Tell them that "flobblekabobble" or something is
      > "British
      > > >>>>> slang" and that it won't be understood by the majority of native
      > speakers,
      > > >>>>> and it becomes a national insult. I'm still asking educated people
      > of all
      > > >>>>> ages if they know what "suss out" means, and they just stare
      > blankly and
      > > >>>>> have no idea. Same thing with "the mains", which even licensed
      > electricians-
      > > >>>>> don't understand.
      > > >>>>>
      > > >>>>> Jamie
      > > >>>>>
      > > >>>>>
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