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Re: [Czechlist] Re: OK

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  • James Kirchner
    I once read an article that mentioned the problems an American working in the UK had interpreting his British boss s various meanings of well done . It could
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      I once read an article that mentioned the problems an American working in the UK had interpreting his British boss's various meanings of "well done". It could allegedly mean anything from literally "well done" to "needs improvement" to, "You've botched the project."

      Jamie

      On Nov 16, 2010, at 4:31 AM, Pilucha, Jiri wrote:

      > This reminds me of my US boss here in Prague back in the early 90's. When told that something was "not bad" he immediately asked: "And is this the British 'not bad' or the American 'not bad'?"
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Czechlist@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Czechlist@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of James Kirchner
      > Sent: Monday, November 15, 2010 11:45 PM
      > To: Czechlist@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [Czechlist] Re: OK
      >
      > Your instinct was the same as mine, Valerie. I ended up translating it as "fine".
      >
      > Jamie
      >
      > On Nov 15, 2010, at 3:49 PM, Valerie Talacko wrote:
      >
      > > There's still a difference, though, I think. "Sales and support are OK"
      > > could mean "they're OK, but only OK - not all that good." I think you'd
      > > have to say something like "Sales and support are fine" to convey the
      > > idea that you're happy with them.
      > >
      > > On Fri, 2010-11-12 at 19:01 +0000, Tomas Mosler wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Yeah, the old days, when we also almost never said "support". ;)
      > > >
      > > > Tomas
      > > >
      > > > --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, James Kirchner <jpklists@...> wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > Great. Thank you.
      > > > >
      > > > > I guess it's the same as in English. I guess my impression came from
      > > > the days when Czechs almost never said "OK".
      > > > >
      > > > > Jamie
      > > >
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