[TAG] (Not-TAG) Kate Fox's _Watching the English_
sluggoster at gmail.com
Fri Jun 30 04:23:34 MSD 2006
On 6/29/06, Thomas Adam <thomas at edulinux.homeunix.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 29, 2006 at 04:39:18PM -0700, Mike Orr wrote:
> > Brooklynese is always amusing. "How you DOOOIN?" "cwoffee"
> Hehe. I'm having fun trying to imagine that. But then, *any*
> introductory sentence involving coffee is good in my book.
They don't say it *together*, dunderhead!
> > That's the quintessential British stereotype: people wanting to talk
> > but they don't because they haven't been introduced. I don't know how
> > much it's true. I can't say I've noticed a difference between British
> > and Americans, but I don't talk to passing strangers a lot either.
> > I do say "Hi" sometimes to people in the city, like some others do
> > to try to keep alive the small-town customs; that may be an American
> > thing.
> It depends. In tightly-knit rural communities (such a farming
> communities) acknowledging one another is always done for this very
> reason alone.
> > I did get chewed out twice by British toughs on the train. Once on
> > the tube when I accidentally spit in a guy's direction. And once in
> That doesn't surprise me, most find such acts rude.
I understand he was upset. I just didn't understand why he kept
harping on it after I said I'm sorry. What did he expect me to do? I
can't undo it.
> Heh. I can't help but chuckle at that. Note that it's not your
> question about what the Severn is, but more that you asked if what you
> had passed was a mountain. :) We don't have anything close in Britain
> to a proper mountain -- the only places you are going to lay claim to
> any prominent ones is "Ooop North" in The Lake District, and Scawtland
The only time I've seen tunnels is when they plow through mountains,
of which there are a lot here.
Mike Orr <sluggoster at gmail.com>
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