The Other I

November 30, 2013

“You’re welcome.”

Filed under: The English — theotheri @ 3:24 pm


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If you are an American, you will never believe this.

But the British have imported Thanksgiving.

I’m not kidding, they really have.  Turkeys and all.

Well, also including Black Friday, as well, so it may have a little consumerist motivation and is not all a deep appreciation for all the gifts of life and family and friends.

On the other hand, perhaps they really are grateful, in retrospect that those rebels left England on three ships and didn’t come back?  I haven’t heard anybody say so.  But perhaps British politeness…



  1. We are not importing thanksgiving although at the time I guess we were pleased that the troublemakers left our shores. WE eat Turkey’s at Christmas and on Boxing Day to a lesser extent at Easter. What walmart/asda are foisting off on us is black Friday – please take it back. Our annual sales begin over the Christmas and New Year celebrations. In a country still in debt thanks to the American banking frauds we do not want another excuse to borrow money from the loan sharks.
    Perhaps we should apologise to the rest of the world for allowing the Mayflower to set sail ?


    Comment by lairdglencairn — December 1, 2013 @ 9:46 am | Reply

    • Along with Black Friday, there are a few other imports from across the pond that as an American living in England I wish had stayed over there. Political correctness is one. Yes, I believe in being courteous and respectful of different cultures. But sometimes it is simply impossible to risk saying something ironic or merely subtle for fear it will be misinterpreted. And I’m afraid we Americans started it.

      But perhaps it is an inevitable outcome in a multi-cultural society? I know I sometimes struggle to interpret things that are said that are perfectly obvious to a native speaker. But the British sense of humour is priceless, and I hate to see it threatened..


      Comment by Terry Sissons — December 1, 2013 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

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