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Old 01-18-2022, 06:12 PM
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To take the this in a slightly different direction - I've observed a long-time trend of many restaurant servers/wait-staff addressing customers as "guys" regardless of age or gender.

"Hi my name is XYZ and I'll be taking care of you. Can I get you guys some drinks?"

My 90+ year old mother, my 70 year old sister, my 60+ year old wife and yours truly: "Guys?"
"We 'guys' could use some utensils please."

"No problem."
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Old 01-19-2022, 06:31 AM
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Definitely OK and I agree with all the above , since I don't know what "too British is ?(other than perhaps liking warm beer) too British for me, I did however grow to like malt vinegar on Fish & Chips with an ice cold Guinness, guess I am multi ethnic
What I meant by being 'too British' was a tongue-in-cheek reference to a somewhat negative stereotype that many Europeans have of the British, and which in some part (not saying how much!) may be true. Namely, that we are a bit stuffy and a bit distant and formal with people we don't know. Maybe even that we are a little uptight about hierarchies - that we expect a level of deference from people who are 'serving' us. Also, don't forget the classic title 'No Sex please, we're British!'

I've lived in Italy and Spain, and there was a perception that the British couldn't let their hair down, couldn't relax and enjoy the moment, that we were a bit boring and 'stiff.' It's that kind of thing I was referring to in saying 'a bit too British.'
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Old 01-19-2022, 08:10 AM
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To take the this in a slightly different direction - I've observed a long-time trend of many restaurant servers/wait-staff addressing customers as "guys" regardless of age or gender.

"Hi my name is XYZ and I'll be taking care of you. Can I get you guys some drinks?"

My 90+ year old mother, my 70 year old sister, my 60+ year old wife and yours truly: "Guys?"
This is very common in Ireland and like you, I find it extremely annoying. Another thing which annoys me is "no worries " which seems to be the standard response in almost any situation where a request is made.
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Old 01-19-2022, 09:35 AM
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This is very common in Ireland and like you, I find it extremely annoying. Another thing which annoys me is "no worries " which seems to be the standard response in almost any situation where a request is made.
At least they don't say, 'No wukkas!' (That's what the Austrians say!)
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Old 01-19-2022, 10:31 AM
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What I meant by being 'too British' was a tongue-in-cheek reference to a somewhat negative stereotype that many Europeans have of the British, and which in some part (not saying how much!) may be true. Namely, that we are a bit stuffy and a bit distant and formal with people we don't know. Maybe even that we are a little uptight about hierarchies - that we expect a level of deference from people who are 'serving' us. Also, don't forget the classic title 'No Sex please, we're British!'

I've lived in Italy and Spain, and there was a perception that the British couldn't let their hair down, couldn't relax and enjoy the moment, that we were a bit boring and 'stiff.' It's that kind of thing I was referring to in saying 'a bit too British.'
No hey I got it as tongue in cheek . I was just attempting levity
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Old 01-19-2022, 01:26 PM
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This is very common in Ireland and like you, I find it extremely annoying. Another thing which annoys me is "no worries " which seems to be the standard response in almost any situation where a request is made.
It might also have something to do with a condescending tone, but "No problem" in a restaurant sounds a lot to me like, "Whatever, I suppose I can get that on my way back from bathroom."

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