England Wants to Make Sure No Foreign Visitors Get Offended During 2012 London Olympics Are the Brits hospitable?

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.

  • A smiling Japanese person is not necessarily happy. The Japanese tend to smile when angry, embarrassed, sad or disappointed.
  • Avoid winking at someone from Hong Kong. Winking is often considered a rude gesture.
  • Do not be alarmed if South Africans announce that they were held up by robots.
  • When meeting Mexicans it is best not to discuss poverty, illegal aliens, earthquakes or their 1845-46 war with America.
  • Never call a Canadian an American (editor’s note to Brits: Never call an American, specifically a Boston Bruins fan, a Canadian).
  • Japanese people are likely to take umbrage if they you stare at them, sneeze in their presence or expose the soles of your shoes, the guide advises.

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England Wants to Make Sure No Foreign Visitors Get Offended During 2012 London Olympics  

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