Why "Please and Thank You" Mean Different Things in American and Britain

Hello all.  I recently completed a dissertation draft and I'm taking a quick breather before I dive back in to prepare for my defense.  So no actual blog entry, but I wanted to direct your attention to an interesting article written by an American linguist living in the UK.  It's about words like "please" and "thank you,"  and how they mean different things in the two different cultures.  It's a fascinating article (the video is worth watching as well), and useful to writers for understanding the interaction between culture and language.  Go take a look!

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