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Thread #138129   Message #3162106
Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
29-May-11 - 09:54 AM
Thread Name: BS: Culture clash, German-US/Brit
Subject: RE: BS: Culture clash, German-US/Brit
McGrath (I know your first name btw, but I have the feeling that calling people by their nicks is considered the polite way here),
my own experience is that "Dear" and "interesting" are strong signals of irony in Britain, the phrase being understood as "cut the bullsh*t!" - again, it depends on the context, of course.

German "bitte" or "bitte schön" doubles as "here you are"/"here's what I brought for you"/"help yourself", "you're welcome", and "ok, if you insist", also "beg your pardon?" etc., the first meaning being relevant to Richard's joke.

That was when they still had steam engines ...