On English Introductions

Posted: January 11, 2011 in Humorous, Lifestyle/Culture, Non-Gaming, Other
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The Rules of Introduction

It is worth noting here that ‘How are you?’ is only treated as a’ real’ question among very close friends or family. Everywhere else the  automatic ritual response is ‘Fine thanks’ ‘Not bad thanks’ ‘oh, mustn’t grumble’ or some other equivalent, whatever your physical or mental state. If you are terminally ill, it is acceptable to say ‘No bad, considering’.

From: Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour, by Kate Fox

Buy it. Buy it NOW.

  1. Holly says:

    Is this a hint that I’ve failed you conversationally again?

  2. Emily says:

    Due to being the kid of person that likes to go against expectations, when in public, I would completely ignore that advice.

  3. Heh no Holly, you’re fine :P I’m just loving this book and wanted to share an excerpt from it.

    @Emily: :O How very not-english of you!

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