They sure are trying.
Tourism chiefs from VisitBritain have drawn up a list of cultural differences to teach locals how to not offend foreigners who visit London for the 2012 Olympics.
It states: “The whole process involves a number of social taboos and unless you understand them you could insult someone. For example, pouring wine backwards into a glass indicates hostility.”
To get a little more specific, it adds: “Don’t be offended by Argentinian humour, which may mildly attack your clothing or weight.”
Got that, stubby Englishmen whose momma dressed him?
Here are a few more of my favorite tips, dos and don’ts, as reported in the Daily Telegraph.
What pre-Olympic etiquette would you offer the young man in this photo? Leave your suggestion in the comments section below.
“Sometimes you get rolling and that’s what happens, I don’t know why. I apologize if I offended more people than I usually offend. My mom’s the only one really disappointed that I care about.”
–Rex Ryan, in Thursday’s Jets news conference, referring to his foul language in HBO’s Hard Knocks
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you be feeling “Groggy” when you’re a pitchman for Dunkin Donuts? I’ll
laugh every time I see that stupid DD commercial with that faux cannon
for a right arm. There should be a little white flag that pops out of
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pitch the 9th for now on?”
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