Saturday, March 15, 2014

British Politeness


British are very polite. Even when someone hits a Brit, he will apologise, despite being the ‘victim’. Nevertheless, it has its negative side. Due to the mass use of politeness in Britain, British people are unable to confront someone or speak negatively about something, without seeming rude. Below is an interesting table of what Brits say, what they mean and what foreigners understand. (This table is not to be taken 100% seriously. I am sure there is a humorous side to this).  


WHAT THE BRITISH SAY
WHAT THE BRITISH MEAN
WHAT FOREIGNERS UNDERSTAND
I hear what you say
I disagree and do not want to discuss it further
He accepts my point of view
With the greatest respect
You are an idiot
He is listening to me
That's not bad
That's good
That's poor
That is a very brave proposal
You are insane
He thinks I have courage
Quite good
A bit disappointing
Quite good
I would suggest
Do it or be prepared to justify yourself
Think about the idea, but do what you like
Oh, incidentally/ by the way
The primary purpose of our discussion is
That is not very important
I was a bit disappointed that
I am annoyed that
It doesn't really matter
Very interesting
That is clearly nonsense
They are impressed
I'll bear it in mind
I've forgotten it already
They will probably do it
I'm sure it's my fault
It's your fault
Why do they think it was their fault?
You must come for dinner
It's not an invitation, I'm just being polite
I will get an invitation soon
I almost agree
I don't agree at all
He's not far from agreement
I only have a few minor comments
Please rewrite completely
He has found a few typos
Could we consider some other options
I don't like your idea
They have not yet decided
The table points out that when Britons say 'I'm sure it's my fault', it actually means 'it's your fault'.

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