Watching the English

Watching the English

The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour

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A runaway bestseller in the UK, Watching the English is now available in the U.S. for the first time! Witty and wise, Kate Fox reveals the quirks, habits, and foibles of the English people. Putting the national character under her microscope, Fox explores this strange and fascinating culture, governed by a complex set of unspoken rules and a bizarre code of conduct. Through anthropological analysis and a series of unorthodox experiments (often using herself as a reluctant guinea-pig), Fox discovers what these unwritten codes tell us about Englishness: the rules of weather-speak, the ironic-gnome rule, the reflex apology rule, the paranoid-pantomime rule, class anxiety tests, and the money-talk taboo, among others. Watching the English is a biting, affectionate, insightful, and often hilarious look at English society.

An international bestseller, is a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people.


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A runaway bestseller in the UK, Watching the English is now available in the U.S. for the first time! Witty and wise, Kate Fox reveals the quirks, habits, and foibles of the English in her book Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour. Putting the national character under her microscope, Fox explores this strange and fascinating culture, governed by a complex set of unspoken rules and a bizarre code of conduct. Through anthropological analysis and a series of unorthodox experiments (often using herself as a reluctant guinea-pig), Fox discovers what these unwritten codes tell us about Englishness: the rules of weather-speak, the ironic-gnome rule, the reflex apology rule, the paranoid-pantomime rule, class anxiety tests, and the money-talk taboo, among others. Watching the English is a biting, affectionate, insightful, and often hilarious look at English society.

Publisher: Boston : Nicholas Brealey Pub., 2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781857885088
1857885082
Branch Call Number: 390.0941 FOX
Characteristics: xii, 424 p. : ill. ; 20 cm

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ezhurbin Mar 26, 2017

Mixed feelings about this book, because some chapters are humours and amusing, while others are dry and boring. The book provides insights into the "strange" behavior of English people and explains behavioral rules and codes for every occasion- work, play, pub, home, sex, food, clothers, hobbies, etc. The key takeaway from the book-English are a bit inhibited, but alcohol and self-deprecating humour are the best social lubricants. Overall, it's an interesting book for any anglophile, but be wary of some repetitiousness.

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pragensis
Dec 12, 2015

Reading Watching the English is like deep-diving into the mysterious waters of the English social life. Someone please write the same book about the French! (So that we can die laughing.)

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AdrienneC
Apr 12, 2005

A fascinating and very funny look at what makes English people tick. The author, herself English, pokes fun at herself, her profession, and her countrymen and -women while identifying the traits that distinguish the English from other nationalities: use of humour, avoidance of fuss, modesty, class-consciousness, moaning, strong support of fair play, and others. I found that I enjoyed the book most a chapter at a time -- while it''s very entertaining it''s also quite dense and Fox imparts a great deal of information in each section.

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