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Thursday 15-Dec-2016
【Oh爸媽:寄宿學校攻略】為何英國人不用包裝紙巾?

其實這標題有多少content farm成份,因為在包裝紙巾上反映的文化差異並不是英國人獨有的。以我所知,即使是美國、日本等發達國家也很少見到包裝紙巾。不如這樣說,對包裝紙巾有種情意結的應該只有香港人吧。

先搞清楚,英國人雖然少用包裝紙巾,但不代表他們的衛生差。甚至其實他們比我們更注重衛生,連紙巾都有好多種叫法。BBC在年頭的一個節目就簡介了幾種英國人紙巾的叫法,頗為有趣。

最常用的種類,和我們一樣都叫tissue,而我自己覺得更common的其實是napkin(也可以叫serviettes),即是買麥叔叔或者其他快餐,店員都會毫不吝嗇地給你一大疊的那種餐紙。廚房紙叫做kitchen towel(冷知識:早幾天我才知道原來用廚房紙抹乾碗碟是不會留氣味的),洗手間的卷紙則叫做toilet roll或toilet paper。當然不少得女士必備-wipes濕紙巾!

那麼,back to the topic,為何英國人的紙巾種類和香港一樣的多,卻偏偏不太用包裝紙巾呢?我相信還未有學者對此進行過研究,容我簡陋地分析一下。

其中一大原因,相信是因為英國人太注重衛生。注重衛生反而不帶紙巾?對啊,因為英國人好多時都會自備一條手巾仔嘛!即使到現在,handkerchief都是紳士的象徵,英國人比較傾向自己帶備一條。講究的人會鏽名字的initial,或是買好幾條來襯西裝。手巾的用途大約能夠cover大部分要用到紙巾的情況:抹汗、抹眼鏡、打噴嚏遮咀等。

另一原因,就像是上面所說的,因為napkins到處可見。無論去買麥叔叔還是在西餐廳用餐,都會有napkins或是餐巾。所以一些較尷尬的情況例如呻鼻涕或抹咀,都有這種即用即棄的napkins幫忙,不必出動到手帕。

當然啦,英國不是完全沒有包裝紙巾,只是不太common。如果各位留學生準備出發執野,以下是我Mabel Lucy執gip小貼士:記得帶Tempo!帶多啲都唔怕,就算用唔哂都可以送俾外國同學。Tempo香港賣得貴,帶多幾包去說不定變富豪。


原文作者為英識教育首席顧問Mabel Chan。

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