There’s just something about the English

She never missed a fundraising whist drive or failed to turn up to judge a family dog show. She was much in demand at these latter events, even if heart sometimes overcame head and she ended up giving the prize to the one-eyed mongrel rather than the pedigree canine, when she thought the owner deserved it. Once she gave the prize for the “dog most like its owner” to the same man three years running, even though he brought a different dog on each occasion. “Such a nice man,” she explained.

The point being not such an award of prizes. Rather, that the explanation, the justification, would have been thought perfectly valid by all involved.

We would describe this as charming eccentricity, everyone else in the world as weird. But there we are, if they’d actually understood us we’d never have had that empire, would we?

12 thoughts on “There’s just something about the English”

  1. So Much for Subtlety

    In another decade decisions like that will be fought all the way to the Supreme Court.

    (Less wars? If I can join DrBud in being pedantic, fewer!)

  2. bloke (not) in spain

    You’re quite correct, BiG. And when the English encounter similar behaviour beyond their shores they label it inexplicable & furrin.

  3. So Much for Subtlety

    Bloke in Germany – “Come on Tim, show me a nation without its own similar myth of national eccentricity as charming trait.”

    I don’t know. All of them. Germany. Japan. China.

    Germany has its eccentrics. Muesli crunching naturists for instance. But they are not charming.

  4. Three claims I really dislike:-

    1) American Exceptionalism
    2) Wha’s like us? Damn few ….
    2) Englishmen bragging that they don’t boast.

  5. It used to be that the Enlish didn’t care what furriners thought. Because , after all , they were furriners and so unblest.
    And they didn’t boast they stated the bleeding obvious.
    And we had gunboats.

  6. So Much for Subtlety

    dearieme – “Three claims I really dislike:- 1) American Exceptionalism …. 2) Englishmen bragging that they don’t boast.”

    Except the English language speakers of the world, at least those of European origin, really are exceptional. Even today virtually everything good in the world comes from English speakers. It is crass to point it out, I know, but it is no less true. That is what that ar$ehole complaining about Ebola got exactly backwards. It is only the Anglosphere that can cure it. As with polio and smallpox.

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