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July 24, 2013

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July 24, 2013

What Brits say v what they mean: FP2P all time no. 1 hit

July 24, 2013
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What with the summer torpor and being stuck at home finishing a paper, the usual flow of conversations and new reading has dried up a bit. Not only that, but I just realized this blog had passed its fifth anniversary without me even noticing. Tsk. So what better way to plug the occasional gap celebrate than a glance back at the most read posts of the last five years? Given the churn in readership, there’s a fair chance you won’t have seen these – well that’s my excuse anyway. First up, from June 2011 (and number one by a mile), this wonderful deconstruction of Britspeak, c/o Nick Pialek:

Anglo vs EU


  1. This is very interesting. In fact, this is nothing, as compared conceptual mis-understandiing with various groups. Looking at strategies, plans, actions, PhD literature reviews to findings etc. etc. this is a common challenge. What others mean, what we mean, how we convey and what others understand – some serious gaps!

    1. 3 options:
      1) sexist oversight by author
      2) it’s usually a bloke doing the talking
      3) talking blokes make disproportionate use of this kind of language

      not sure which I wd go for……

  2. Some recent reserach informing that how little country partners, staff and beneficiaries know about the plans and strategies of international NGOs. One major reason is not un-packing the concepts and to explian them clearly. Probably this will remain like this, as long as Trustess are acting that they understand all this!

  3. As the recently imported Engagement Director at Oxfam New Zealand, I’ve shared this with my colleagues to aid Anglo/Kiwi relations. Brilliant and disturbingly accurate!

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