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What we say and what we mean

Uncle Fred
post 13.Jan.2019, 02:51 PM
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I am sure there is an American versions of this.
Waiting for response Old Goat.


What the British say - I hear what you say
What the British mean - I disagree and do not want to discuss it further
What Americans understand - He accepts my point of view

What the British say - With the greatest respect...
What the British mean - I think you are an idiot
What Americans understand - He is listening to me

What the British say - That's not bad
What the British mean - That's good
What Americans understand - That's poor

What the British say - That is a very brave proposal
What the British mean - You are insane
What Americans understand - He thinks I have courage

What the British say - Quite good
What the British mean - A bit disappointing
What Americans understand - Quite good

What the British say - I would suggest...
What the British mean - Do it or be prepared to justify yourself
What Americans understand Think about the idea, but do what you like

What the British say - Oh, incidentally/by the way
What the British mean - The primary purpose of our discussion is...
What Americans understand - That is not very important

What the British say - I was a bit disappointed that
What the British mean - I am annoyed that
What Americans understand - It doesn't really matter

What the British say - Very interesting
What the British mean - That is clearly nonsense
What Americans understand - They are impressed

What the British say - I'll bear it in mind
What the British mean - I've forgotten it already
What Americans understand - They will probably do it

What the British say - I'm sure it's my fault
What the British mean - It's your fault
What Americans understand - Why do they think it was their fault?

What the British say - You must come for dinner
What the British mean - It's not an invitation, I'm just being polite
What Americans understand - I will get an invitation soon

What the British say - I almost agree
What the British mean - I don't agree at all
What Americans understand - He's not far from agreement

What the British say - I only have a few minor comments
What the British mean - Please re-write completely
What Americans understand - He has found a few typos

What the British say - Could we consider some other options?
What the British mean - I don't like your idea
What Americans understand - They have not yet decided
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 13.Jan.2019, 05:24 PM
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Joined: 21.Dec.2006

Quite unique...But a perfect example of two countries separated by the same language!!!
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Bsmith
post 13.Jan.2019, 05:53 PM
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QUOTE (Uncle Fred @ 13.Jan.2019, 02:51 PM) *
I am sure there is an American versions of this.Waiting for response Old Goat.What the British say - I hear what you sayWhat the British mean - I disagree and do not want to d ... (show full quote)


Could we consider some other options?
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