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National stereotypes

June 30th, 2011 · Posted by Skuds in Life · No Comments · Life

Being amused by national stereotypes can be a bit of a minefield, and ethnic stereotypes even more so, but I do like it when I come across something that I had previously though was just a staple of bad impressionists.

Today I had to call BT’s Glasgow call centre and spoke to a Scotish bloke who actually said “the noo”.  Twice.  Sort of.  Really it was more like “the now” but that’s close enough for me.  (Example: “I’ll just have to log into the other system the now to have a look for you”)

I haven’t been so chuffed by a turn of phrase since 1988 when I was in Australia and a native actually said that something was “fair dinkum”.


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