Britons ‘spend six months talking about weather’

Britons spend an average of six months of their lives talking about the weather, according to a survey of our small talk.

Lloyd TSB interviewed 2,000 people and found they spent far longer talking about the weather than that other national obsession – football – or trivial matters like one’s job.
Weather was the most common subject to break the ice when addressing strangers or even at business meetings, according to the report.

“I think it’s a part of our national psyche,” he said. “We are a fairly reserved sort of people and talking about the weather is an easy, non-confrontational way of breaking the ice.”
The British weather itself played a part too, he said.
“There’s an element of the very changeability of the British weather, that it gives us the opportunity to talk about something different every day.”
However, he also worried for the future of weather-related chit-chat: “I think we are becoming more disconnected from the weather because we sit around in air-conditioned offices all day.”
– News Story


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    Ammara said,

    oh dear
    down with aircondtioned officea (N)

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