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Things I'm Looking Forward To Doing Now That I'm British: Number Two [20130917|09:02]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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2. Tutting, in all its nuanced forms. Tutting is the beautiful art of expressing everything from mild disapproval to the full weight of immense rage. The gradations of tut are not immediately obvious to outsiders, and indeed I believe I'm still but an amateur when it comes to interpretation. I can discern the situations that call for a mild frown (e.g. a push from a fellow commuter unaccompanied by an exchange of apologies no matter who was at fault). I can tell when a more serious crime has been committed, e.g. queue-jumping, because a click of the tongue will accompany the tut. And I can tell when a crime of unforgivable proportions has been committed because actual words, e.g. a muttered rebuke, are allowed into the tut. But I'm sure there are shades of tut that I have yet to add to my repertoire.

I have yet to venture to express a tut myself, as I feel I'm too new a Brit to be tutting just yet. I look forward to the occasion of my first tut.

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[User Picture]From: jixel
2013-09-17 10:41 (UTC)
Yes but do you have teatime at two?

And pronounce this while hovering over a candle flame:

In Hartford, Hereford and Hampshire, Hurricanes hardly ever happen
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-09-19 09:59 (UTC)
There is no time that is a wrong time to have tea.
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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2013-09-18 07:37 (UTC)
"The titration count is at comment count unavailable"

What's titration?

And I didn't realise that tutting was strictly a British thing.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-09-19 10:04 (UTC)
Titration: a way to find out how much of one kind of stuff is dissolved in some other stuff.

I don't think it's strictly British, but the levels of subtlety and complexity involved in it are.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-09-19 10:07 (UTC)
Tsk, shouldn't have said anything. Now it is raining!
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