I've posted a few times on the Annoyances thread but, thus far, not on this one. This brings home some thoughts I have on British and American (US) attitudes.
As a Brit, it makes sense to me that I have contributed to the Annoyances thread, venting out something I would be far too polite (or, more accuratey, reserved) to vent at the time. Awesomeness, to me, is rather American - the British equivalent night be Rather Good Actually.
I work for an American-owned company and have visited the Eastern / New England area on several occassions. A couple of experiences bring home my perception as stated above:
Firstly, one morning - in Cape Cod - I was leaving my room to walk to the conference centre we were meeting at (an internal get-together) when I passed a man walking his dog.
'Morning' I said. Nice and polite.
'Good morning' he replied, 'How are you today?' Very pleasant.
'Fine, thank you. How are you?' OK, normally I'd expect a 'Morning,' 'Morning,' exchange with a stranger and we'd be on our way. But I'm happy to do this.
'I'm excellent!' was his response. That has truly left me with nothing on the table...
I don't tend to do 'excellent.' And, as it was early morning, I feel that I may not wish to peak too soon, but save excellent for later on. But that is an American enthusiasm that we Brits do not typically carry in our armoury.
Secondly, our CTO (I work in R&D) was giving a presentation in which we were asked to contribute by standing up, when he asked 'Can we innovate?' and shouting, 'Yes, we can!' Very Barack Obama. We had a quick rehersal and it was painfully obvious which of those in this exercise were British. Again, in my view, we Brits do tend to adopt an attitude which is less Yes-we-can and more Well-I-suppose-so-if-you-really-insist.
To finish, I am not knocking Americans or British. We have our differences. I love being British but I also love mixing with Americans. To me, the American ethos is summed up by the word Awesomeness.
That is my contribution to this thread.
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