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Misc. British sarcasm 'lost on Americans'

Discussion in 'The Howard Stern Show' started by BennyMuso, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. BennyMuso

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    Britons like to think they have a "special relationship" with the US, based on a common language and cultural, historical and political ties.

    But, according to one of the UK's most respected polling companies, there's one chasm the English language can't always bridge - the British love of passive-aggressive statements.

    In the words of YouGov, "half of Americans wouldn't be able to tell that a Briton is calling them an idiot".

    YouGov showed a number of common British phrases, including "with the greatest respect", "I'll bear it in mind" and "you must come for dinner", to Britons and Americans.

    "While not all the phrases show a difference in transatlantic understanding, there are some statements where many Yanks are in danger of missing the serious passive aggression we Brits employ," YouGov said.

    The starkest difference was in the phrase "with the greatest respect" - which most Britons took to mean "I think you are an idiot", but nearly half of Americans interpreted as "I am listening to you".

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46846467
     
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    I’ll punch a limey cock sucker right in his snot locker If he tries that Britifag double talk on me. :fil:
     
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    Bless their fucking hearts.

    We get it.
     
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    Benny, with the greatest respect, you must come over for dinner.
     
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    Passive-aggressive is just another way of saying, "I'm too much of a pussy to say what I really mean, so I'll just make up a real cunty phrase"
     
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    Who's doing the cooking.
     
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    The American version of "you must come for dinner" is "we'll have lunch".
     
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    That American was a flaming asshole (gee, big shocker in a Brit sit com) but Fawlty totally deserved it. He could not get away with treating that guy the way he treated his other guests.
     
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    Exactly, as in “we need to meet up for lunch sometime”.
     
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    A good example of the language gap...
     
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    It's like asking someone Irish to do something.

    If he says, "I will, yeah" it means he ain't gonna do it. :snicker:
     
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    So when your mom say's she wants a juicy cream pie we don't have to go to the bakery?
     
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    The Brits should remember to thank the US since they are still speaking English over there instead of German. Now go have a magical day!
     
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    I had no problem getting Monty Python when I was 12.
     
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    That adorable. :coffee:
     
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