How to talk about money in England – Don’t.
Posted on February 5, 2010 by yankeebean
No matter how English I think I’m getting, that ol’ American-ness always manages to seep through the cracks…
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it, but a sometimes it results in severe foot-in-mouth syndrome. Not the one where you eat dodgy beef and get loopy – the one where you open your yap and offend someone without meaning to. I’m a freakin’ expert - I should be the case study to see if it’s curable.
Anyway, this is all leading up to the root of most of my red-faced-foot-chewing moments lately. I keep bringing up money as a knee-jerk reaction. I do it because it GENUINELY doesn’t bother me, talking about money doesn’t seem like such a big deal in the good ol’ US of A.
But I’m learning very quickly that it bothers everyone else and I should keep my mouth shut.
I usually know I’ve done it because there’s a brief beat of silence and some kind of shuffling ensues. The dance of discomfort – I quickly join in a split second after everyone else, once I realise that I’ve done it again. (again!?! GAHH!!)
But then what should I do?? It’s too late to take it back, I haven’t learned Hiro’s trick of bending space and time, no spare Doloreans nearby to go 1.21 jigawatts. My current method is to start talking really fast in an obviously over-excited tone trying to fillfillfill. Subtle? No… it doesn’t take a genius to spot the vaudeville-worthy performance that I launch in to.
I think the only way to recover is to have a fail-proof subject change, so I’m fishing for ideas… anyone? Anyone? Just something to get me by until I get the clue and stop bloody bringing it up like some kind of noob. Sigh…