So what is this English reserve? Does it still exist? I ask this as my missus again quoted it last night during a social situation. Now her quoting of it is more prevalent when she returns from New York but it's not wholly confined to this period. She being Johnny foreigner I do wonder if she has a point from time to time. Now just because all and sundry want to spill their life story to you whilst smiling inanely saying 'have a nice day' does not make people outgoing, this being one of her major points in the difference between NY and London. Personally I will happily give a nod to some stranger in passing on the street, I am polite and courteous during exchanges but I will not go out my way to make small talk with strangers. If I don't want to speak to you I will not pretend I do and I certainly don't want to spend half my time talking to fcuk nuts which is what would be happening. So English reserve, is this foreigners type casting the English due to themselves being inferior creatures that can only exist in technicolour, back slapping, shouty, prozac fuelled environment? Or are we English really socially inept as a nation, incapable of passing conversation to brighten each and everyones day?