Things I’ve Learnt From Ravelry . . . No. 17 February 2012
I have a few topics I return to regularly (“Things I Don’t Understand”, “I Won’t Be Knitting This” etc) so thought I’d start a chain of blog posts on the things I’ve learnt from Ravelry, as they were running a similar thread over there last week. Apart from some great knitting tips, I’ve learn that the USA really is a foreign country!
It’s sometimes difficult to differentiate between the opinions or actions of one person, or maybe even a few, and what is the “norm” in a country. So we do run the risk of believing something to be acceptable practice when in actual fact it’s only accepted in that person’s household or in that area. But some things crop up so often and are so widespread that I can only believe they’re normal practice.
This isn’t meant to be a criticism. Etiquette is just a list of rules that we’ve devised and there’s no reason that one country’s list should be the same as another’s. It just points out the differences that apply between countries that seem outwardly to be so similar. If I were visiting a Middle Eastern country, I would go to great pains to ensure that I was familiar with this list so I wouldn’t inadvertently offend someone. We don’t really think of doing that when we’re visiting another English-speaking, developed country.
I’ll kick off with job applications as that subject is getting a lot of airing at the moment . Apparently “Yours faithfully” is considered only suitable for love letters! In the UK and here, I think that would be like receiving a billet-doux addressed “To Whom It May Concern”.
And it’s considered polite to send a Thank You card after a job interview. I’ve never come across that one before and would find it rather weird here or in the UK. Not rude, nor polite, just rather strange.