How many quirky cultural norms do zoomers really know?

When british people say: it’ll happen next week

In british schools, including for 6 and 7 year olds, to say “next week”, it meant in 2 weeks time, not the following week. The logic behind it was like this.

  • This week (the current week)
  • Following week (1 week in the future)
  • Next week (2 weeks in the future)

The school teacher would say the terms “following week” and “next week”, within the same conversation, so the child would infer that they both mean different things. However if there were any immigrants in the class, they wouldn’t be able to infer that, so they would think that next week means the following week, when the school teacher actually meant in 2 weeks time. The dictionary definition was futile, as the child would have to look at the context of the situation and also how the school would typically use the word.

However due to the frequency and the rate of mass immigration, which I even remember in the 00s (the noughties), teachers have had to stop colloquailly saying “next week” to mean “in 2 weeks time”.

When british people say: are you alright

The weird greeting “are you alright” did have an implicit subtext to it. But due to mass immigration, the meaning of that subtext got lost, as people were copying it as they thought it was polite to say, as others were saying it too. But they didn’t understand the subtext to it, which made autistic people find it to be a weird and nonsensical greeting.

I’ll give an example of when the original meaning for it, was practically useful.

Imagine that there’s a new kid in school or that it’s the start of a new school year where everyone in the year is new. Now imagine that there is already a friendship group there and the ringleader of the group, tells the new person to come closer within earshot, to then say that the newbie can “hang with them” to be around them. They’re just helping you make friends somewhere else.

Well the ringleader and the group do not truly consider themselves to be friends with the newbie, they’re just allowing the newbie to hang around them, so they can look good and have a good image (or reputation). To be specific, so they can gain some social proof and have pre-selection. What is the number one way of making friends? Making friends by association. Becuase you are associated with them, you can make friends with someone they know, or someone who knows who they know, as being associated with them gives you pre-selection or social proof.

So they might say “are you alright” instead of “hello how are you” to the newbie, to either give an implicit message that they do not consider the newbie to be friends, or as evolved even further, they might say it in order to be two-faced, to provide a coded message at a canteen-table-length observation that they do not consider or like the newbie to be a friend, whilst also giving the impression to those observing that they are true friends.

Obviously with mass immigration happening, at the frequency and rate that it was happening at, that the implicit meaning of that and the coded messages, it got lost with time.

When british people say: you can come again

  • What the british say: You must come for dinner
  • What the british mean: It’s not an invitation, I’m just being polite.
  • What foreigners understand: I will get an invitation soon
  • [source]

I have to admit that the dinner invite is very hard to understand or even fathom why it’s even used in the first place

There’s a cultural backdrop to it that you’d only know if you were British and had an experience with crockery and cutlery with a dated and pompous design style. The British have a stereotype of being pompous in the way they are extravagant, not in a larger than life way like Indians where the Bollywood movie breaks into song in 2 minutes and the Holi festival has powered colour flying everywhere outside.

Imagine this design style that dates back to the 1930s that was on British crockery. Their pompousness is more self-contained.

A person would have 2 sets of crockery in their house, the boring plain ones and the fancy ones with the swanky designs on it and a higher quality material.

What would happen in lots of people’s houses, is that when one person visited, they’d be given the fancy crockery to eat off while someone else who visited on another day would be given the boring plain ones.
Or if the visitor was bringing children round, they wouldn’t be given the china plates as china is thinner so it’s much easier to crack and break, so they’d use the much thicker plates instead.

The problem is when one adult (or their entire children) is given the fancy design crockery to eat off, while another set of people is given the boring plain one. For the one or few unlucky individuals who feel like the odd one out, either as a person or being part of the wrong family, they would view that as passive aggressive and that they are no longer wanted to visit again.

The host who laid the plates, they sometimes would even have a 5-10 minute conversation about the design style of the china and the boutique shop they got it from, as a means of suggestion, to encourage the guest to talk about their experience with the unlucky person who was given the boring plain plates, after they’d left the house once the 2 ex-guests were to meet each other again to chat without the host’s presence, so the host’s manipulation would work by making the guest start a conversation with someone else that they wanted them to have, orchestrating a scenario from behind the scenes, pulling people’s strings unbeknownst to them and their physical presence.

Did you hear about X’s fancy china plates and that boutique shop she got it from and that funny story of Y that happened in the shop?

What plates? What 1930s design style? What shop? That never happened to me. I only got the boring plain white ones.

It doesn’t matter how good someone’s english is, how good they are at inference of information, triangulating different things together or reading people, that would be a very hard one for anyone to get as they’d need to know the cultural backdrop behind it.

There’s lots of Social Cohesion Thinktanks being created

  • Women
  • LGBT
  • Race
  • Disability

What does it mean to be british? If you’re a politician who is implementing the Prevent Scheme, which expanded into the Prevent Duty and Prevent Curriculum, you would think that it means the cyberpunk insulated watchtower values of democracy, peace, tolerance and liberty – things that are too angelic and utopian to dissuade even the most quaint awestruck egalitarian. The sociology I would have learnt if I had bothered to revise for my GCSE qualifications beforehand, was that there are social values which unite everyone in a country by one woven thread.

That would of been drinking tea, liking the queen and playing scrabble but since World War Two, at the sheer amount and rapid rate of inflation, too quick to allow the previous batch of immigrants to become accustomed to the culture, social facts are now a thing of the past, so it’s all gone pretty much all subcultural. However lots of people who claim to act like a subculture, with their dabbling dalliance interest of a hobby behind their glossy veneer, with them predictably ostentatiously socially signalling so by their fashion style, topical repertoire or verbal vernacular, they are often not, well the ones who signal the most often aren’t anyway. Carbon dioxide to all posers!

Zoomers act feral in a way that millennials don’t despite 14-17 years of public schooling

Zoomers just can’t read body language and implicit language like millennials can

News articles about these crimes would never of existed when I was a child.


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