United Kingdom, the very word is enough to evoke images of royalty, pomp, splendor and a populace that supposedly looks upon the rest of the world with a feeling of contempt. The United Kingdom consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The country has had a very violent past, after been pillaged by the Romans, Norse invaders, and the Normans there was a period called the Middle Ages. This itself was a period of constant war with a conflict between the English, Welsh, Scots and the Irish. After a lot of political turmoil, the Treaty of the Union was signed in 1707 leading to some stability. In the 1900s the country was the leader in technical developments and in 1922 a quarter of the landmass of the world was under British rule. (Great Britain)
In spite of the fact that the country had a violent history, there are many things on the lighter side worth mentioning. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The most popular fast food in the country is ‘fish and chips and the most popular drink is tea, not coffee. The UK has benefited from its colonies in many ways. Hundreds of words have found their way into the English languages from these colonies. Words like curry, verandah, sepoy, teapoy, bungalow, cheetah etc have come from Indian languages. (Yule, C, and Crooke) According to a recent survey ‘butter chicken,’ an Indian dish was considered by the locals to be one of the most popular dishes. Many words and usages in English languages have interesting stories of origin. The word ‘sirloin’ was originated by James I. he was a guest at the Houghton towers in Lancashire and when a succulent leg of beef was placed before him he knighted it with his dagger saying’ Arise Sir Loin’ and hence the name. (London tourist board)
General business etiquette: Experience is valued more than mere education. It is considered safe to send older more experienced members of the organization as representatives.