Sanguine but Taciturn

Constant bright cheerfulness is strange to an Englishman.

English people abroad, English men especially, can often seem unfriendly because  we don’t talk with anyone and everyone we meet.  An Englishman will hardly ever engage a stranger in conversation, and if we do it will merely be to exchange a couple of words about the weather. More often than not English men are of very few words, seldom speaking unless we think we have something important or interesting to say.

This taciturn manner goes back a long, long way to when it was considered impolite to speak to someone unless you had been properly introduced.

When out on my regular solitary meditative walks I will often pass by people I have seen many times before, and mostly we will merely exchange a nod, or one or two words.

This isn’t because we are unhappy, morose, or impolite, it’s just that the English are men of few words.

In fact, most English men are content, happy, settled, and confident in body mind and spirit.

To be born an Englishman is to win first prize in the lottery of life.  –  Rudyard Kipling

England and America are not just two great nation’s separated by a common language, we are also separated by utterly different attitudes, cultures, manners, mores, and standards.

Jack Collier


6 responses

  1. I had an odd experience today. Was outside walking and picking up rocks. I talked to kids, but their parents seemed to treat me like I was invisible. I was seriously annoyed. I hate being invisible! And I enjoy talking to strangers!!!! (I’ve always been different.)

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    1. Some people are just rude.
      You will never be invisible to me.

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      1. You just melted this Alaskan a bit more! 😍😍😍

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  2. Yes, spot on. Astute observations, Jack. When I lived in England (which I loved!) (except for the winter) (and some of the food) 🙂 it sometimes felt as if I had landed in a parallel universe in a place full of people who spoke my language (for the most part) but were otherwise quite distinctive – one’s expects more similarity than there is. I appreciated the differences, met some great people and miss it very much at times. (I also lived in Japan and I always felt they were much more like Americans than the English – my take, anyway … )

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    1. Spending a month in Southern California has been an enormous culture shock for me. Odd really. I do agree with your thoughts on the English being ‘different’. 💖💖💖

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      1. Then again, SoCal is a culture shock if you’re from Nebraska. 🙂

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