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Gingersnap
12-16-2008, 02:47 PM
How to insult people around the world: Mirror.co.uk's Top 10 insults

By George Kiley, Mirror.co.uk 16/12/2008

George Bush had two shoes hurled at him by an Iraqi journalist who wanted to make an example of the outgoing President by paying him the highest insult in Baghdad yesterday.

While in Iraq the act of throwing your shoes at someone is a sign of contempt. In other countries there are many weird and wonderful ways to cast an insult to those who you dislike.

Here's Mirror.co.uk's guide on how not to make friends around the world.

1. If you are handed a business card in Japan you can cause maximum offence by throwing it down on your desk or stuffing it in your back pocket as the exchange of business card here is meant to be a well thought out practice.

2. In the Philippines a curled beckoning forefinger isnít used to summon someone over but rather to call them a dog. But the insult is punishable by arrest and even breaking the finger that committed the offense so use with caution.

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10.In North America you're sure to cause an uproar if you mistake an American for a Canadian or vice versa as both neighbours are very senstive about this confusion.

Yeah, I know nothing gets a bar fight started quicker than when some Brit thinks that an American hails from Winnipeg. The Canadians mistaken for Yoopers simply cry into their beers much as real Yoopers do and for the same reason. :rolleyes:

Whatever... (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2008/12/16/how-to-insult-people-around-the-world-mirror-co-uk-s-top-10-insults-115875-20975129/)

Bubba Dawg
12-16-2008, 07:51 PM
I'm bumping this idiotic thread. :p

Goldwater
12-16-2008, 07:53 PM
Yeah, I know nothing gets a bar fight started quicker than when some Brit thinks that an American hails from Winnipeg. The Canadians mistaken for Yoopers simply cry into their beers much as real Yoopers do and for the same reason. :rolleyes:

Whatever... (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2008/12/16/how-to-insult-people-around-the-world-mirror-co-uk-s-top-10-insults-115875-20975129/)

It annoys Canadians quite a lot, Americans never really get mistaken, thats why it isn't really an insult, they got lazy.

Gingersnap
12-16-2008, 08:29 PM
It annoys Canadians quite a lot, Americans never really get mistaken, thats why it isn't really an insult, they got lazy.

Well, if it annoys Canadians, I guess I'm for it then.

They don't seem so annoyed that they move away from the border or stop using our health care system to prevent imminent death.