I NEVER KNEW THIS
I NEVER KNEW THAT WAS WHAT AMERICANS MEANT WHEN THEY SAID “QUITE”
WHY DIDN’T ANYBODY TELL ME
SUDDENLY THAT ONE SONG THAT GOES “HELLO I MISS YOU QUITE TERRIBLY” MAKES LIKE A MILLION TIMES MORE SENSE
are you serious british people
i feel like this means i’ve been overestimating your enthusiasm about things for my entire life
And thus we have defined British/American relations for the last 3 decades
BUUUUUUT If a Brit says “really quite”, that means very.
As in, “it’s quite urgent”, means, “it needs to be done, but don’t worry too much, end of the day or tomorrow morning maybe?”
Whereas “I asked you to do this two weeks ago and it’s now really quite urgent” means “DO THE THING OR I DEVOUR YOU”
Welcome to the contextual minefield that is British English.