What Makes Britain Great #14

Posted on September 5, 2017

Social etiquette can be a nightmare in a country where the culture is unfamiliar. Here’s another little tip to help you feel more at home when you start living here:

14. Applause

A round of applause is the usual way we Brits demonstrate our approval for something or recognise an achievement, but however excited we are, dignity, civility and decorum are still important; unless it’s a particularly boisterous crowd or one watching a sports game or rock/pop concert, shouting and cheering is usually kept to a minimum and whistling avoided.

A slow hand-clap is an indication of discontent from an audience that has been kept waiting.

Booing a performer is never acceptable.

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