What do people from Mexico City, Norway, Central Slovakia, Northern China, and South Australia all now have in common with the British? It is talking about the weather. One time the weather was a subject that I only really heard the British talk about. We would be famous for going on about it, sometimes in minute detail, perhaps that was how we partly overcame our reserve. Nowadays everyone is talking about the weather.
Polite conversation would regularly take place; “it is rather cold/warm/wet today”. Perhaps “We are having a fine/bad/typical summer”. Our official weather forecasters even describe weather sometimes as “changeable” a reading that is honoured on some barometers. The reason for this is that the British Islands are (more…)