UK LIFE: Could this be how outsiders ‘Aliens’ view the British etiquette?
You might want to absorb some of these social faux pas to avoid crippling a conversation with a true Brit!
Always Being Apologetic
Many visitors to UK shores suggest that the word ‘sorry’ is the single most popular word used in our country.
Brits are in fact known worldwide for being the most apologetic people. This happens even when there is no reason to say sorry or apologise.
For instance, you pass a Brit in a walkway which requires both of you to make a slight meander to pass ‘comfortably’. You often hear the word ‘sorry’ during the incident. Approach a doorway and we wait, holding it for you, and then say, ‘sorry’.
Brits are Compassionate People
British people are ‘sincerely’ interested in your health and well-being – for the most part. You are likely to hear ‘how are you’ or ‘are you alright’ at least a dozen times a day among people passing.
Such a facile statement can mean little to nothing on the surface. But, those who spend a long time in the United Kingdom, are more likely to believe that it is in fact – very sincere.
In general, English people (and our bed-fellows around the UK) are not only polite people. They are noticeably friendly and easy to get on with. This is quite amazing to some seeing as our forefathers’ were once so aggressive that they actually conquered a large portion of the planet.
Death is a phrase that is rarely mentioned among Brits. You almost never hear people talk publicly about the death of babies, children, or even grandparents. I am not sure why this is so but I have to agree.
The jury is still out on the subject but we added it in this section for your amusement and consideration.
Walking seems to be the national pastime to people-watching outsiders who visit Great Britain. Well it cannot be denied in full. You are almost guaranteed to see walkers in any weather, cold, wet, dry, clear. The great British weather does not matter and it rarely interrupts a brisk walk.
Our nation has a tradition of ‘open pathways’. British law respects the traditional rights dating back more than a thousand years. So, the UK’s public footpaths and public rights of way crisscross with daily life around the country.
British People are Prudish?
The majority of British people have noticeable complications in relationship with the topic of nudity and sex – compared to other societies. It is not that we believe in reproduction by divine intervention – of course not.
Nonetheless, most people in the UK are considered to be a prudish race in comparison to other promiscuous nationalities around the world.
Three Things Visitors Should Never do While They’re in Britain!
1. Kiss as a greeting – Stick out your hand (not mouth) if you’re meeting for the first time.
2. Miss your round at the bar – Brits buy in rounds (skipping your turn is bucking the system).
3. Jump the queue – Don’t do it (it’s what human beings have been doing throughout history).