It’s inherently British to be polite.
We automatically apologise when we’re barged into, when someone stands in our way, or when someone spills something on us. We feverously thank people for the most trivial of things like opening a door or standing to one side to let us past in the hallway; ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ are two of our most common phrases, or they should be, anyway.
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It almost feels like an attack on our person when someone isn’t equally as civil. For me, not being thanked by fellow motorists after waiting patiently for them to pass incites a fit of expletive-filled rage unmatched by anything else in this world. Time to wash my mouth out with soap and all that.
So with all that being said, we understand why Ray Parlour and his Arsenal cronies at the time felt slightly aggrieved when midfield rock Emmanuel Petit didn’t pay them the courtesy of a simple ‘good morning’ in response to their own well wishes…
“You’d say ‘good morning’ to Petit & he’d walk straight passed you.” ?
“So we put him against the wall and said ‘say good morning or we’ll cut your ponytail off!” ✂️
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 4, 2019