Saturday, October 07, 2006

Only in Britain

In the beginning of the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Draco Malfoy tells Harry Potter, "You'll soon learn that some wizarding families are better than others. I can help you there." Harry replies with "I think I can tell the wrong sort for myself, thanks."

It's the thanks on the end that gets me. Harry is essentially telling Draco to piss off, yet he adds a very polite thanks on the end of his almost-insult.

Americans may tag on a sarcastic "thanks" on to their rude retorts, but only in Britain, the manners capitol of the world, will you hear a polite thanks uttered to an enemy.

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