|Subtitle||The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour|
|Publisher||Nicholas Brealey Publishing|
|My Copy||Library Hardback|
|First Read||March 03, 2009|
Watching the English
In fact, the only rule one can identify with any certainty in all this confusion over introductions and greetings is that, to be impeccably English, one must perform these rituals badly. One must appear self-conscious, ill-at-ease, stiff, awkward and, above all, embarrassed. Smoothness, glibness and confidence are inappropriate and un-English. Hesitation, dithering and ineptness are, surprising as it may seem, correct behavior.
Quoted on September 28, 2011