Jack Schofield


Tech journo who covered IT for the Guardian (1983-2010), the Jack in Ask Jack, and a jackdaw who tweets fun links about photography, Lego, advertising, art etc

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Jos21 1206 days ago

Ha ha! Also : Suit yourself! (just do as I have already asked) ; to be fair ( in the face of idiots)

annie_mate 1206 days ago

Works the opposite way too. When I offer my British friends another cup of tea (being all genuine!) they get up and leave as if I was rushing them out :D

mia2010mi 1212 days ago

So, if I a non-US citizen, working in the US says "So far, so good. Let's finetune it just a bit", what do YOU hear?

Aurora_Green 1215 days ago

So... pretty much the same as America, right? Will "Hello" still mean "Fuck you" when I travel?

wizonesolutions 1218 days ago

Heh...this will be good for DrupalCon London.

rawoha 1219 days ago

So true and something I was really struggling with when I lived in the UK (even after 5 years). Other nations would call this lying btw.! :P

richmondie 1219 days ago

Not all Brits speak Brit-speak. By the way, we must have lunch some time!

hobbified 1221 days ago

Better labeled as "native English speaker" vs "naive English speaker" ;)

uberlinblog 1221 days ago

As a Brit based in Germany, I'm going to print and hand this out to Europeans I meet! ¨j

areteus 1221 days ago

With the greatest respect, I almost agree with how accurate this is. This is very interesting.

hughashton 1222 days ago

For all my American friends - how to understand what I (and other Brits) are saying to you:

nobi 1222 days ago

Another cup of tea? | Leave now. | He wants me to stay longer. ;-)

NEEDSer 1222 days ago

Credit is due to the original (Anglo-Dutch) guide in "I always get my sin" by Maarten H. Rijkens. ISBN: 978 90 453 0280 5.

andrea_moro 1222 days ago

ah well ... I'm not English and I'm still learning

andrea_moro 1222 days ago

So this is not a joke as I was thinking. Bloody hell I need to rethink to the phrase I use :)

DRPrideaux 1223 days ago

I use "Imagine my delight", when referring to absolute disasters, and "Quite!", when people are talking nonsense and should shut up

_RGBabeldom 1223 days ago

Haha, yup. These sound about right. I use the "I'm sure it's my fault" a large amount

kavango 1223 days ago

I did my posgrad studies in the UK and it took me quite some time to understand what British mean!

PrueBray 1223 days ago

Also left out:
"I have no idea" /UK: "I am absolutely sure of the answer and it's blindingly obvious" /EU: "they don't know the answer"

hewbass 1224 days ago

Missing: "I can see you've worked hard on this" / UK: "it's rubbish" / EU: "they like my work"