Don't Be That Guy: 10 Ways You Didn't Know You're Being Rude

When traveling, don’t make these rude mistakes

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Avoid offending an entire country by schooling yourself on these cultural faux pas.

When you meet people for the first time, you make a judgment call about their personality. The way they shake your hand, the tone in which they speak to you, their facial expressions — all of it is a small window into who someone is as a person. Those manners and mannerisms are all indicative of something. A “please” and “thank you” shows that a person is polite. A firm handshake indicates confidence. Across the nation there are many gestures and practices that we find acceptable and mean the same thing. But around the world what we deem as proper etiquette or simple acceptable behavior could be very different.

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Ever sit down at a friend’s table and not see your favorite condiment out? With a polite please and a simple ask, you can totally request the missing condiment from your host. However, if you are in Portugal, you should never do that — it is an insult to the host. If you are a right-handed person, you probably don’t even think twice about picking up your utensils with your beloved right hand. However when dining in India, you’d better be keeping that right hand in your lap during dinnertime, as the right hand is thought to be very dirty.

These simple gestures and small mannerisms matter in all of your social interactions. And just as you scorn folks who don’t know how to act properly according to your own culture’s traditions, if you travel to these countries and commit these simple, seemingly “universal” blunders, you won’t be looked upon favorably either. So avoid the awkward moment and read up on these easy-to-make cultural mistakes. You’ll be glad you did!

Hand Gestures
Cultural faux pas

What culture doesn’t talk with their hands? A universal behavior, hand gestures help us to emphasize a point we are making or even speak for us when we are at a loss for words. But did you know that your simple hand gesture could be obscenely offensive in other countries? A thumbs up in America means approval, but in Iran this gesture loosely means “up yours.”

Don’t Clear Your Plate
Cultural Faux Pas

In America, clearing your plate is a sign of approval of the meal you just enjoyed. In China, clearing your plate as a sign of gratitude just makes more work for the host or hostess, as they are now required (by their conception of good manners) to keep refilling your plate. Instead, just periodically thank a host for their generosity.

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Perhaps you should ask someone from India before offering up the advice. It is the left hand that is considered dirty. One must eat with right hand.

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Regarding adding salt in Egypt! If the chef doesn't get it right for you and you are paying for the food, he has NO RIGHT to be insulted. I think this is a personal thing. Everybody has a right to eat what they like as they like it.

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Regarding adding salt in Egypt! If the chef doesn't get it right for you and you are paying for the food, he has NO RIGHT to be insulted. I think this is a personal thing. Everybody has a right to eat what they like as they like it.

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Lefties Unite!

Right-handed people of the world: you do not reign supreme all over the world. In India, it is considered “dirty” to eat with your right hand, which is best kept in your lap off of the table during meal time. ....This is Stupid Post, Actually,it is considered “dirty” to eat with your F****** LEFT hand.

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