Tuesday, 15 October 2013

1093. What we mean is what we don't say... (104)

We saySorry to bother you... could I just ask....I wonder if you can help me?

We mean:  If I'm ultra polite to you you might feel sorry for me and be prompted to give me the answers I need.

What is says about us:  Listen, we're British, we're known for our politeness, OK?  If it makes us feel better we'll thank you seventeen times during a transaction, apologise to you when YOU tread on our feet, etc


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