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The Xenophobe's Guide to the English, 6th Ed.

Anthony Miall, David Milsted

Publisher: Oval, 2005 , 63 pages

ISBN: 1-902825-26-8

Keywords: Culture


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Xenophobia – an irrational fear of foreigners, probably justified, always understandable.

Xenophobe's® Guides – an irreverent look at the beliefs and foibles of nations, almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.

'Because the English do not like being told what to do, any order has to be given with a degree of politeness which many other nations find incomprehensible.


Should you follow custom and express an order as a request, you will achieve the desired effect. Express it simple as an order, with no hint of personal choice, and the English will invariably break for tea.'

Xenophobe's® Motto –

Forewarned is forearmed.

Table of Contents:

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  • Nationalism and Identity
  • Character
  • Attitudes and Values
  • Behaviour
  • Manners and Etiquette
  • Custom and Tradition
  • Leisure and Pleasure
  • Obsessions
  • Sense of Humour
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Eating and Drinking
  • Culture
  • Systems
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Government and Bureaucracy
  • Business
  • Language
  • Conversation



The Xenophobe's Guide to the English

by Roland Buresund last modified 2007-12-09 15:32

Rating: *** (Disappointing)

A real disappointment. It is humorous, but only mildly so, and it doesn't give you anything except some English guys view of themselves, without any self-distance.

In short, avoid it, even if it is cheap.

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