R to S

From Refusing to Sunbathing, via Reticence, Royalty, Self-Deprecation, Sportsmanship, and the Stiff Upper Lip, our indispensable Guide to British Behaviour.

In this Section

  • guide to refusing

    Refusing

    Refusing graciously, without causing offence, is a vital social skill.
  • guide to british reserve

    Reserve

    The British are trained from an early age to be self-contained and reserved.
  • guide to reticence

    Reticence

    Reticence is still an undeniable British quality.
  • guide to addressing royalty

    Royalty

    Adhering to the traditional forms of address when encountering royalty will prevent anxiety.
  • invitation RSVP étiquette

    RSVPs

    Reply to invitation promptly and use the correct medium.
  • season etiquette

    Season

    The lingering vestiges of the historical Season can still be seen in certain social conventions.
  • self deprecation

    Self-Deprecation

    Self-deprecation is a trait that permeates British culture.
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