February 23, 2011

On British irony

"(...) and I'm sure I'm not an innellekchewl, at least, as a fella like you might think of one..."

"Yes, I'm sure you're not", murmured Howard. He found that his [British] accent caused a delayed reaction in certain Americans. It was sometimes the next day before they realized how rude he had been to them.

Zadie Smith, On Beauty, 116

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