This evening I went to Target which, to my English brethren across the pond, is like Woolworths used to be…but on steroids.
I found what I was looking for and made my way to the till (checkout).
The guy at the till (checkout), upon hearing me speak, joined the slew of uncultured twats I’ve encountered since moving to America by asking, “So what part of Australia are you from?”
Here we go again.
He could’ve simply asked where I was from, but no; he thought he’d be clever and join the ranks of twattery by asking the question I’ve heard about a million times since I emigrated.
Even if I was from down under, would he have known the area? I doubt it. This guy probably couldn’t find his own arse with both hands. [¹]
It didn’t stop there. He went on to embarrass himself and his country further.
Here is an almost literal account of the entire conversation.
Him – “So what part of Australia are you from?”
Me – “Guess again”
There was a unnecessarily long pause.
Him – “New Zealand?”
Me – “Nope. Where else do they speak ENGLISH a lot?”
He paused again and really thought about it this time.
Him – “Scotland?”
I couldn’t believe it.
Me – “No. Think about it. Where is the most ENGLAND place you can think of that speaks ENGLISH?”
Him – “Well, there’s England but….”
I had to interrupt him. I didn’t want to know what level of ignorance was churning that sentence out of his mouth.
Me – “That’s right, England. I’m English”
He looked at me skeptically and turned to scan my goods though his till (checkout).
Him – “Huh, well you don’t sound English. You sound Australian”.
No I don’t; I sound English.
Do you know how I know I sound English? Because I’m English! That’s where I came from! The Australian accent is completely different.
I was warned that a majority of Yanks thinks we’re either Ozzies or Kiwis, when in fact we’re just Poms.
It amazes me how they can’t tell the difference and then, when corrected, proceed to ask me if I’m sure or – in the case of Captain Cretin tonight – dispute it.
Then, on cue, he decided to tell me about people he knows or is related to that once lived in England or he knew someone in England, or read about England in some book.
I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a fucking atlas.
[¹] Also down under