Today Caroline sent me this and I must say I love it.
It took me a long time to understand what the Brits say “The content” and what they actually mean.
Negotiating With the British
|Author||They Say||They mean||Others hear|
|Rhoda Klapp||Lessons have been learned||We are going to do it again exactly the same way and cross our fingers||They aren’t going to do it again.|
|Russell||Say: “Moving forward….”||Mean: “The present is shit and all bets are off”||Others: “We have a long future together”|
|John Dubai||British say “We do not support this treaty”||British mean “This is a gross injustice and will cost millions.”||They hear “We love this European treaty, and we accept it”.|
|OSMarsupial||Brits: “That’s a great idea!”||We mean: “Yeah, not bad, not brilliant”||Translated as: “They like it.”|
|Kevin Lynch||You say (to an Irishman): How very Irish!||You mean: Eccentric, amusing….but quite clever.||We think: You supercilious, patronising racist bastards!|
|Kingstonian||I think we should draw a line under this.||I really don’t want to talk about this anymore, it is embarrassing.||They want to underline how important this issue really is.|
|Tim||Brit says: “leave it with me”||He/she means: I’ll never touch this again.||People understand: Great they are all over this and will make sure it gets taken care of.|
|glenn rose||‘Robust systems are now in place to ensure’… means –||‘we’ve shut the stable door after the horse has bolted, but have changed how things are done so that the management can’t be fingered in future’, and is understood to mean,||‘Lessons have been learned …’|