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Date: 06/08/12 01:30 PM

23 Responses to 10 Ways To Offend People In Other Countries

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
    8012 posts
    June 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm
    Link: 10 Ways To Offend People In Other Countries - Planning a summer vacation? Try not to offend the locals.
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    burbclaver Male 50-59
    878 posts
    June 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    Surely everybody knows these.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    June 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm
    Ah, yes, the old "left hand bum, right hand yum."
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    June 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    So never go to India or the Middle east cause they have s**ty hands got it! Must smell great over there...
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    ggolbez Male 18-29
    1933 posts
    June 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm
    Political correctness is a plague the world over.
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    n0n Male 18-29
    342 posts
    June 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    screw other countries - they make no sense, and some are just gutter-minded.

    western culture and mannerisms are the way forward, and the rest of the world will just have to bring up the rear - oops, didn`t offend anyone, did I?
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    chicagojay Male 40-49
    2018 posts
    June 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm
    LOL, they are dumb.
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    PinkHomicide Female 18-29
    355 posts
    June 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm
    Handful of years ago I had a teacher tell our class that in a certain culture/country(was long time ago, so I`ve forgotten). That if you are eating as a guest to always leave a few bites behind, as it suggests that you`re full - and have been well fed

    Where as my friend`s Italian family would be insulted if I didn`t finish my plate.
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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm
    Yeah, they`re right about this one:

    being offensive in Turkey. It`s basically like saying, "Look at me. No, in the eyes. Feck you feckstick and your family".

    Then again, I don`t mind offending Turkish blokes - I`ve never met blokes that were so obnoxious and lecherous as I did out there. A Turk I know once told me that they get all their ideas on the morals of Western women from pornography, and I can believe it.

    Anyway, languages is a bit of a hobby of mine (even though I`m crap at them), so, top tip for you ladies out there: if you ever find yourself being pestered by a local in Istanbul, use the phrase "ayeep" (pronounced exactly as spelled, and short for "ayip ettin" - "shame on you"). It`s what the local girls say to shame lecherous men into behaving themselves.
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    kamtschatka Male 18-29
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    June 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm
    @PinkHomicide: It is like this in China. When you are eating in a restaurant, then you usually eat just meat and so on(no rice at all!) and at the end they will bring the rice. Then you just eat rice but leave something in the bowl. This indicates that you simply can not eat any more and that there was enough food for you. If you eat all of the rice, it indicates that the food was not enough or that you didn`t like the food(the host usually chooses the dishes, you usually can not decide what you want to eat. the host will just choose what he likes and what he thinks the others would like)
    This does not apply when you are eating at home or it is a casual occasion. Just finish your plate.
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    softpuppy Female 18-29
    323 posts
    June 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm
    What happens with their left hand: watch?v=dKkryfdtMNQ
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    June 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm
    I cant picture many Americans choosing to go on a vacation to most of those countries though
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    burbclaver Male 50-59
    878 posts
    June 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm
    On entering an Underground train in London, it is very rude to just sit down without first shaking hands and introducing youself to everyone in the carriage. If the train is full, you should shout your name and where you are from loudly over the heads of passengers.
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    LadyMorgue Female 30-39
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    June 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm
    I used to live in Argentina and I didn`t know about the "must be late to dinner" thing. Guess I was just a greedy pig to them. LoL
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    lawndartsftw Male 40-49
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    June 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm
    So, the next time a suicide bomber blows up a bunch of innocent people in the Mid-East, the proper response would be a left-handed thumbs-up. Amirite ??
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
    3564 posts
    June 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm
    I agree with the smiling thing. We`ve become a culture of mindlessly smiling drones.
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    Reignblazer Male 18-29
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    June 9, 2012 at 4:49 am
    Brb, going to the middle-east to compliment people on their couches.
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
    1105 posts
    June 9, 2012 at 7:00 am
    interestingly, smiling at a random stranger in the west is usually interpreted as you`re being stupid.
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
    1105 posts
    June 9, 2012 at 7:26 am
    what`s that about "other countries" -- half the examples are from japan! silly japanese.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
    6285 posts
    June 9, 2012 at 9:10 am
    If people are offended by a smile, the hell with `em.

    BTW, according to Desmond Morris in his book `Gestures` the thumb-bite gesture (as in R&J) has been argued to have originated in the 12th century when the citizens of Milan rebelled and expelled the wife of Barbarossa by tieing her to a mule facing backwards. The Emperor captured the city and brough the mule along.

    The principle citizens were brought before him with nooses round their necks and a fig was inserted in the mules arse. If they wanted to live they had to pluck it out with their teeth. Those who did were known as `fig-pluckers` and permanently dishonoured.

    Morris considers this unproven but possible. The `fig` gesture was already long established as a general `up yours` but after the 12th century became a more specific gesture indicating cowardice and dishonour.
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    chickiesue86 Male 70 & Over
    273 posts
    June 10, 2012 at 3:47 am
    so in japan it is polite to imitate a pig at a feeding trough?
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    cyberxed2002 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2012 at 9:46 am
    LOL ^_^

    The #1 is not true.

    Can be arrested. LOL ^_^ Not true...

    BTW I`m from Philippines
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    MCMXCIII Male 18-29
    356 posts
    June 11, 2012 at 12:52 am
    @chick: "to imitate a pig in a feeding trough?"
    Culture difference is all. You resemble a pig at a feeding trough in other ways in other culture.

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