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Old 04.06.2010, 00:12
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Re: What makes us look English?

But nerdy and pasty can be kind of attractive if you have a bit of the dark British sense of humour to set it off.

otherwise, I find it's not too difficult to pick out the English because they tend to be quite reserved and shy (until they've had a drink or two)
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Old 04.06.2010, 02:03
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I was in Barcelona last weekend for Primavera Festival. Curiously enough, I was telling my festival partner that I was 10/10 on picking out Brits. Pasty, poorly dressed, and just downright nerdy.
Lucky bastard. I had to settle for bits of it on the radio.

I'm not English, but leather shoes and tweed jackets along with a very fair complexion makes many people here assume I'm Scottish. Scottish name probably helps too.
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Old 04.06.2010, 03:50
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at the airport and while travelling I identify the English by their deep-red sunburns...
here the "classic" Englishman :




and above a bit less "classic"


and below the only too infamous picture



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Old 04.06.2010, 10:49
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Re: What makes us look English?

Wollishofener, your post is utterly unfair and biased. In international use, there is an ISO-Standard telling you that you must always use an “appropriate” sample as a basis for generalization. Otherwise, the outcome of some international comparison might lead to a false result. Let me give you a few examples:

England (London) is way more international than Switzerland (Appenzell-Ausserrhoden).
English Students (going to Eaton) have much better manners than Swiss students (going to School in Schwammendingen).

Thus, when looking for the typically English person, you shall always use a selection of people from Mayfair as a starting point. It is unfair to include people from Tottenham (seven sisters), Hackney or Brixton....
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Re: What makes us look English?

I noticed that a great many English women know how to dress.....on the contrary to English man.
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Re: What makes us look English?

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Re: What makes us look English?

We are usually way ahead of most other countries in the fashion stakes. ( yes I know we have our share of fashion victims!) Our high street is the best in the world. Our teenagers just know how to put stuff together and look cool. Other countries copy us about 2 years later.

We also chat to one another in a very animated way - and laugh a lot (usually at ourselves).

We are FAR TOO politically correct, and could learn a lot from the Swiss, they're not.
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We are usually way ahead of most other countries in the fashion stakes.


Yup, Swindon beats Milan every time...
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Old 04.06.2010, 14:23
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We are usually way ahead of most other countries in the fashion stakes. ( yes I know we have our share of fashion victims!) Our high street is the best in the world. Our teenagers just know how to put stuff together and look cool. Other countries copy us about 2 years later.

We also chat to one another in a very animated way - and laugh a lot (usually at ourselves).

We are FAR TOO politically correct, and could learn a lot from the Swiss, they're not.
...lol, reminds me...yesterday I was in Basel...and this English guy was sitting next to us in the tram. He wore flimsy khaki pants and a flimsy khaki jacket...along with some weird black leisure runners.
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I noticed that a great many English women know how to dress.....on the contrary to English man.
My impression: too short dresses, showing too much white skin.

Don't English women learn how to dress?
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My impression: too short dresses, showing too much white skin.
...what color skin should they show you...purple, green, navy blue maybe?
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...what color skin should they show you...purple, green, navy blue maybe?
I think white as in never exposed to the sun, and when exposed to the sun turns this colour:



Just to be clear: that's not me
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Re: What makes us look English?

Englishmen keep looking down to the ground, as if they are secretly inspecting their fly.
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Re: What makes us look English?

And later in the evening,

they are the ones trying to look down but are too drunk to fixate their vision on one thing. And they speak with an English accent.
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I noticed that a great many English women know how to dress.....on the contrary to English man.

Are you kidding? Wearing sandals in the winter or for a formal event? i mean those open end sandals...
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Re: What makes us look English?

This topic could have a forum of its own.

Two of my observations:

1) When waiting in line for the ski lift, English are the ones standing there saying things like "Did you see what she did? She just jumped the queue!"


2) Start to grit your teeth and turn an angry tinge of red whenever some uses the word "soccer"
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My impression: too short dresses, showing too much white skin.

Don't English women learn how to dress?
You are not up to date. They don't show white skin anymore. Nowadays they slap on tons of fake tan, fake nails, fake lashes, probably fake legs and arms and most definitely fake brains
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Old 04.06.2010, 18:28
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You are not up to date. They don't show white skin anymore. Nowadays they slap on tons of fake tan, fake nails, fake lashes, probably fake legs and arms and most definitely fake brains
You're not in any way biased, are you?
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"What makes you look swiss?" asks everyone what they consider to be typically swiss "style", whereas "What makes us look English?" is only directed at people of English origin, asking them how they would like to be seen in terms of stereotypes...
Not quite what I meant.....no (if we are being pedantic about wording)

I was asking everybody what makes US English (coz thats what I am) stand out as being English!

I thought I knew what the stereotype was.....and just wanted to explore it and see if it still held
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Old 04.06.2010, 20:06
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You are not up to date. They don't show white skin anymore. Nowadays they slap on tons of fake tan, fake nails, fake lashes, probably fake legs and arms and most definitely fake brains
Reminds me of a comment I heard on the radio about the changing face of Dublin - that men used to go to Ireland for the white skin and the orange hair of the girls, now its the white hair and orange skin!
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