amerifat here with a question for brits. visited some family in the UK once and got taken out for dinner at a british pub. but then when we were eating one of the serving staff dropped a glass and everybody around stopped to turn around and shout "WAY" or something all at the same time. when I asked about it my aunt said it's traditional to do this whenever anyone drops a glass or plates or whatever. wasn't sure I believed her but I just saw a clip with stephen fry where he mentions the same thing. wtf is this and what exactly are they shouting, is it just "WAY" or did I get the word wrong and what does it mean?
also I guess general thread for discussing weird customs observed when visiting other countries and hopefully we can all give each other explanations.
brit here. Yeah it's a thing, I find it one of the better things about living here. Not sure how it started but most people tend to be on board with the whole thing, in a friendly way and it's definitely not malicious. it's more like "whaaaay you dickhead"
I suppose it's kind of acceptance for doing something stupid
Kraut here, we do that too. Literally YAYing and WOOHOOing and clapping and whatnot.
Obviously not in a "fine dining" type of restaurant, but in pubs and bars, yea sure.
Part of it probably (at least for me and I guess me mates) is the relief that someone else dun it first - because when you're innapub, of course you're going to drop something sometimes, just a matter of probability and how drunk you are.
Britfag here. This is friendly banter meant to mock the person fucking up. You hear it a lot when people mess up in general, especially during football matches etc. Couldnt tell you why its thwt noise but its all in good fun reslly
im moving to the states in a few months and after visiting a number of times, theres still one or two things im not sure on
What is an appropriate amount to tip a waiter?
How and when should i tip a barman?
If im at a coffee shop and the guy in front buys mine for me and tells me to pay it forward, should i buy coffee for the next person in line or can i do this anytime?
I typically wear quite slim-fitting clothes (male) and ive noticed americans typically do not. Any particular reason behind this?