British stereotypes of Americans–and my own

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So there are bloggers that everyone follows because they are brilliant. And then there are bloggers who, while they may not have many followers, are so brilliant (or something) that brilliant bloggers write about them, thereby sparing them the embarrassment of being too lazy to write their own posts!

Guess which kind I am! And then go read another great post from Ellen Hawley, featuring yours truly.

Notes from the U.K.

In the U.K., Americans have a reputation for bluntness, but do we live up to the stereotype?

In my last post, without even noticing it I went along with the stereotype, and Belladonna Took wrote, “It absolutely fascinates me that you consider Americans ‘blunt and to the point.’ Maybe that’s true over on the East Coast, but here in the Pacific Northwest? Oh dear, hmmm, I think perhaps it may be a little different. (Note: Everything in the preceding sentence after ‘Oh dear’ is Pacific Northwestese for ‘Oh hell no.’ And it’s pronounced in a lilting smiley voice, so I should probably insert lots of smiley faces. Only stuff it, I won’t, because I’m from Johannesburg.)

“…I had lived here two years before it finally dawned on me that when smiling women remarked, “You’re very direct, aren’t you?” they weren’t actually complimenting me.”

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About Belladonna Took

Into my second half-century and still trying to figure out what to be when I grow up. Born South African, naturalized American, at constant risk of losing my balance and landing ass-first in the Atlantic. A wife, a mom, a daughter and sister, kind of a grandma. Until recently a full-time dog rescuer, now more concerned with rescuing myself. User of dog hair as accessory, decor and garnish. Technical writer, strategic thinker, occasional entrepreneur. Voiceless poet and storyteller. Born again Christ-follower and former missionary schoolteacher chewing on some uncomfortable questions. Ignorer of rules, challenger of assumptions, believer in miracles. Skeptical libertarian, equal opportunity despiser of politicians and assholes. Gonnabe gardener, wannabe beekeeper, Monsanto-hating tree-hugger. Morbidly obese chocaholic, with a horse I don't ride because I might break him, and if not he would probably break me.

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  1. I suspect I would be run out of the Southern states for my personal style of commentary. I am what’s kindly referred to as, ‘honest to the point of a razor’s edge’. I’d make a terrible politician but an excellent fault finder. Now if only that job title came with a commensurately obnoxious paycheck.

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  2. “The Donald” is not a politician – if for no other reason than the fact that he’s willing to openly discuss some of the things that are incredibly frustrating to the average American. The ‘professional politicians’ on both sides of the aisle prefer to not discuss these issues, rather preferring to ignore them in hopes that the problems will go away… Or, in the case of the Obama Administration…which actively tries to promulgate and support these selfsame issues in defiance of the people’s will.

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    • You’re right. It’s incredibly frustrating that all Mexicans are rapists and drug dealers. Sorry, I mean all undocumented Mexican immigrants.

      Definitely gonna be voting for The Donald next year. He will build a wall! He will protect us! Plus, he’s RICH!

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      • Never said I was gonna VOTE for him…. when all is said and done, he’s a Clown.
        However, he’s willing to point out why ‘The Emperor Has No Clothes’, which is more than either the Dumbocrat or the Repugnican candidates are willing to do.

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