English to English

On Manners

Emma G Keller:

Based on random local polling, I am in a position to announce that when an English child is asked, “Would you like some more?” at mealtimes he or she invariably replies, “Yes, please,” or “No thank you,” while an American counterpart comes up with, “Sure,” “Nah I’m stuffed,” and even “I don’t care.”

We all know Brits have good table manners. It was only a year ago, after all, that Debrett’s gave the go-ahead to eating with one’s fingers; previously a sign of poor-breeding. Prior to that Brits faced with a hot dog or a hamburger, sat down and whipped out a knife and fork.

While Americans are known for this: 

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this  

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and this …

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In England you’re more likely to see this: 

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and this.

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There are always exceptions, of course … 

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Advantage: UK, for not making us feel sick at the sight of food in someone’s mouth.