The British Stiff Upper Lip.
Read the text through quickly to see what it is about.
Then read again and choose the word that collocates best with the
rest of the sentence.
Listen to check your answers
When in Britain, you must never complain. Complaining is very un-British.
If you are (1)
[ made kept stayed held ]
waiting half an hour in a shop,
To be kept waiting. Made to wait
if a bus (2)
[ conductor attendant assistant steward ]
is rude to you, if a waiter brings your food ice-cold - you keep your mouth shut.
[ hard inflexible firm stiff ]
upper lip is the British way.
Other nationalities might make a
[ discussion argument quarrel fuss ]
You cause an argument but make a fuss
protest loudly or call for the manager, but not the British.
Remember also that British ears are
[ simply easily utterly modestly ]
not tuned to hear complaints. A friend of mine was a regular
[ supporter purchaser customer guest ]
Customers pay but guests don't
at a famous and expensive
London restaurant. Every day at 2:00pm and 9pm the
[ mature elderly outdated vintage ]
manager would come out
(as he had been doing for the last 37 years),
go from table to table and
[ inquire query request probe ]
"Did you enjoy your meal?"
For 37 years, hundreds of thousands of properly
[ raised grown educated brought ]
up English people had replied
to him. "Very much indeed." The man would smile, say "Thank you very much'. and
[ motion progress stride shift ]
to the next table.
One day however, the lunch was so
[ offensive painful abominable harrowing ]
my friend (Dutch mother ,
Albanian father) decided to tell him the naked truth. So, when the antiquated manager
[ appeared surfaced descended joined ]
at his table as usual and asked, 'Did you enjoy your meal, sir?' my friend replied: '
[ Sincerely largely bluntly frankly ]
"Bluntly" is not used in direct speech.
not at all. It was appalling.'
To which the manager gave his
[ customary average commonplace daily ]
, obsequious smile, said: "Thank you very much , sir', and moved on , quite
[ convinced fulfilled satisfied complete ]
Complete each of these sentences with one of the words in the box below.
drastically sincerely abominably intimately
patiently neatly intuitively helplessly
- He listened
as she told her long and rather boring story.
regretted all the unpleasant things he had said to her.
- She knew
that there was something wrong.
- She's changed
since she's left home. She's a new person.
- He always dresses very
but without much style.
- He behaved
at the party.
- He was rude to several of my friends. He's terribly funny. We were all
- I wouldn't say I know him
We're just work colleagues.
What do you think?
Log in to make comments