The question identifies it as a phrase used in the UK. Shouldn't Americans visiting the UK expect the natives to speak English? :) :) :)
@OlderAndWiser I think you already know that I spoke about origins in broader terms than just to the UK.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Just tryin to interject a bit of humor.I've never been to the UK but I would feel rather humble if I visited there. I've never been to Europe because I speak maybe 50 words of Spanish and 50 words of German - just enough to get me into trouble - and I don't want to be one of those tourists who expects others to speak English.
@OlderAndWiser However, you can get by in English in most large cities in Europe. You simply begin by asking if they speak English (most people dealing with tourists do). The problem arises when the "ugly Americans" insult those who don't speak it or speak English very slowly, assuming they are stupid. I was amazed by how many non-American tourists in each country also spoke English. They know they can communicate anywhere with that language.
Yes, I have heard that, and I have even dated a number of women from Europe, (Ireland, Germany, Poland, Ukraine) but I want to speak the language if I visit a foreign country. . . and since 9/11, I am not eager to leave the US.
Yeah it’s crazy I have to say I just live in America I’m not patriotic to America. Or if I shut my mouth I just look like Chinese tourist which can also be bad ha ha.
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Y'all really need to stop asking questions which should be directed at google not this site.