Since I am left handed that could create a problem. My right hand is the one that had the surgery, that finger is stiff and does not bend. I can see me now trying to use a fork in a hand with the finger stuck straight up. Jen and Trip, move over/
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Marc, the article was quite interesting, and it goes to show you, how, without meaning to, what you say, and how you do it, and a gesture which is innocouous here, could surely offend your host country.
A little homework, before going, would be a wise decision. But, I admit, it could be daunting to remember it all:)
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Has it occurred to anyone that folks in those countries might be AS educated, or even MORE educated than the average tourist who pops into their area? MAYBE they might just cut you a little slack. You do have FOREIGNER written on your forehead, after all.
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I am left handed as is my girl freind, who is Italian and never heard of that. I have to read that article. I wonder if the "folks from other countries worry about making a faux Pas when they visit here in the good old USA?
I have to mention this. As a child in Holland, I never ever got hit for being left handed. It was never an issue, it was just normal. No one ever tried to corect me. We come to Canada, and in school, a teacher whips me, yes whips me with a ruler over my left hand every time I picked up a pencil with my left hand. It got so bad that I refused to write, as I simply could not with my right hand. Eventually I was sent to a psycholgist who asked me why I refused to do my school work. I explained to him that every time I pick up a pencil I get the ruler cracked over my hand. He asked me if he made sure no one hit me any more, if I would start to do my work again. I said yes, but it really turned me off to school for a long time. I should mention at the time the teacher thought we were backward immigrants. Ironically, years later while working in the emergency room of a large hospital, her son was admitted, he passed away of gun shot wounds in a settling of accounts( drugs) . I saw her, and she saw me, and my name and said "I think I know you". I let it go, but all I wanted to say to her was "Ya your the b-tch that whipped me daily for using my left hand and who thought we were backward immigrants". My son is a leftie, some people made remarks,( oh he is reaching with his left, try and encourage him to use the right) they could see from my glare what I thought of this.......
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