Distinctly American Behaviors That Are Considered To Be Offensive In Other Countries

Geobeats, a creative network and video channel dedicated to the making of informative lists, has enumerated several the most distinct behaviors that are considered to be acceptable in the United States, but not necessarily anywhere else.

Calling the United States ‘America.’ The Americas are a very big place, as they are comprised of 2 large continents. People outside of the US, and particularly in South America, often take offense to one nation claiming, albeit inadvertently, rights to the whole, enormous land mass. …Being in public when wearing sweatpants and flip-flops. Though the comfy garments are a big part of many wardrobes here in the United States, there are places, like most of Europe and all of Japan, where that particular level of casual is deemed disrespectful. …Asking people what they do. Really, not the best conversation starter anywhere, as it implies questions concerning income, status, and relative importance, but seriously not appreciated in nations with more holistic views on society. …

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

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