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Sign Of The Times

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Ultimate Guide to Worldwide Etiquette
« on: January 16, 2013, 04:42:02 PM »
Hi so, I'm new and I have read the rules, but I'm not sure whether / where new contributors are supposed to introduce themselves. So I'm Sign! Have lurked here off and on for the past few days.

Swissotel (a chain of resorts and hotels internationally) has released an Ultimate Guide to Worldwide Etiquette. This is an interactive guide to various etiquette customs throughout the world. ("World" being wherever the chain has a presence; sorry Canada.)

My own spot-inspection suggests this is a fine guide. I know for a fact that you never show people the bottoms of your shoes in Russia. (I'm American.) Other customs seem to be okay.
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Re: Ultimate Guide to Worldwide Etiquette
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2013, 12:11:38 AM »
Hello!

I found that link really interesting! Though not sure if it is correct that the 'thumbs up' is an obscene gesture in my home country of Australia! Unless you are doing it sarcastically that is!


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Re: Ultimate Guide to Worldwide Etiquette
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2013, 12:44:49 AM »
G'day, Silver!

Yes, that one does seem odd. I mainly appreciate the tipping guidelines.
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Re: Ultimate Guide to Worldwide Etiquette
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2013, 08:36:44 AM »
Checked out the UK section.

I'm a bit confused by the "Mash peas with a fork" tip - I don't know anyone who does that!!

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Re: Ultimate Guide to Worldwide Etiquette
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2013, 11:08:39 PM »
Under Cuba, how would you 'point with lips'?

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Re: Ultimate Guide to Worldwide Etiquette
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2013, 12:44:58 AM »
My first concern for Australia is that it should be under Oceania, no Oceana.  Not a good start.  Site generally full of typos.

Thumbs up is not obscene.

Inverted Victory isn't really much of a thing.  Understood to be rude but rarely utilised.  Not sure why 'rude', but middle finger designated as 'obscene'?  I'd say on par with one another.

NOT common to bring own beer to restarurant.  Wine in common in some venues, beer very unusual everywhere.  Either way dependent on venue licence.  Should advice that a corkage is almost always applicable.

I'm full = utensils on plate.  Should note utensils face up.

Also - bar tipping, alsmot everything in the USA section applies to Australia also. unsure why that detail not included.  Except knife down.  Aust/NZ/UK don't do that.  We're using that knife.  But then we don't swap hands to use fork.

UK almost entirely applicable too.
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Re: Ultimate Guide to Worldwide Etiquette
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2013, 08:49:06 AM »
Checked out the UK section.

I'm a bit confused by the "Mash peas with a fork" tip - I don't know anyone who does that!!

Ditto. It's more of an upper-class thing, I think.

I do agree with most of the other advice though. Especially the "personal space" bit.

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Re: Ultimate Guide to Worldwide Etiquette
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2013, 12:23:01 PM »
Under Cuba, how would you 'point with lips'?

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