Friday, 24 June 2011
Why do the English always talk about the weather?
"...our conversations about the weather are not really about the weather at all: English weather speak is a form of code, evolved to help us overcome our natural reserve and actually talk to each other. Everyone knows, for example, that 'Nice day isn't it?' , 'Ooh isn't it cold?', 'Still raining eh?' and other variations on the theme are not requests for meteorological data: they are ritual greetings, conversation starters or default 'fillers'." (p. 26, Kate Fox)
A brilliantly funny book which delves deep into the mysteries of English culture and helps us understand why the Brits say and do the things they do. The Swiss cows found it enormously entertaining and are composing a letter to Ms Fox to see if she would turn her attentions to the slightly more interesting world of cows. 10 moos of appreciation for Ms Fox. xxx