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Saturday, September 7, 2013

What Brits Say, What They Really Mean

So, here's a table that's been popping up on blogs and newspapers in the UK and elsewhere. It apparently first appeared, of all places, on an Oxfam blog ("From Poverty to Power").

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

1 comment:

  1. So funny! I'm a Brit that runs a company in California - I'm definitely going to post this outside of my office - maybe things will run a little smoother!