Mind your Ps and Qs

Mind your Ps and Qs

How much do you know about British etiquette?

If you have ever been told to ‘Mind your P’s and Q’s’, it might have struck you as a rather odd thing to do. In fact, this is old British slang for minding your ‘please’s and ‘thank you’s, and is often used as a way to remind people to be polite. But how do the British expect everyone to behave? Here are Bright World’s top tips and facts:

British culture - We love a good queue1. We love a good queue
Queuing is a big deal for us Brits. In fact, we are so passionate about queuing that even though we are a nation that does not like to cause a fuss, anyone who pushes into a queue will cause people to become upset and might even start an argument. Always join the back of a queue and wait your turn.

British culture - We never put our money where our mouth is2. We never put our money where our mouth is
Wealth is a subject that can make some people feel uncomfortable in the UK and we tend not to discuss it amongst our friends. In fact, it is seen as impolite to ask someone how much money they earn in a year

British culture - We can’t stomach bad table manners3. We can’t stomach bad table manners
Unless you are told otherwise, it is common practice to wait until everyone’s food has been served before you begin eating your own. Most importantly, under no circumstances should you talk with your mouth full or slurp your soup. If you do, you may not be invited to dinner again.

British culture - A firm grip goes a long way4. A firm grip goes a long way
In Britain, a good, firm handshake is a common way to greet someone and shows that you are a polite and confident individual. However, be sure not to make your grip too firm or you will crush someone’s hand in the process.

British culture - Chivalry isn’t dead5. Chivalry isn’t dead
Chivalry is often associated with English gentlemen and means extending your help to people who you think might need it. Giving up your seat for an elderly passenger, opening the door for the person behind you or offering to carry a heavy bag for a lady if it looks as though she is struggling are just a few examples.

6. We ALWAYS mind our P’s and Q’s
Many people from outside of the UK will find it strange that we say please and thank you as much as we do, but it is an important part of English speech. Remembering to say please and thank you is vital in all social interactions, whether it’s to a friend, a host family, or a waitress.

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 @ 3:12 PM

 

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