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post #31 of 165
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Originally Posted by Violinist
I think if servants are well paid they don't need to be beaten.

In any case, this isn't a language issue since my roomate is a quebecer and he also, like everyone else, gets treated like shit. And actually at some places, I get a lot of points as an english person who speaks french, not to mention that all decent Quebecers really admire people who try to speak french. It is not like it is in France.
I've almost always found people in France to be appreciative of and patient with my pathetic attempts to speak French.
post #32 of 165
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Originally Posted by vanity
I dislike most people equally. But I just saw on the news that Anna Nicole Smith has died. It's only 3:15pm but I may start drinking to celebrate.

It's a little early to celebrate -- there are still about 6.6 billion people to go...
post #33 of 165
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad
I've almost always found people in France to be appreciative of and patient with my pathetic attempts to speak French.

+1
post #34 of 165
I love America. In fact, I'll come to the defense of the USA before a lot of Americans do. There was one girl here in Finland from the US last semester and she was so incredibly anti-American I could not believe it. It was very odd that me, a Canadian, was trying to convince an American that she really has an amazing country to call home.
post #35 of 165
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad
Well, blacks in burberry, anyway.

You can't say 'blacks' like that! It's racist! I prefer... well... 'Les Noirs' has a rather nice ring, I think. Yes. 'Les Noirs'. I'll thank you to remember that, sir.
post #36 of 165
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad
I've almost always found people in France to be appreciative of and patient with my pathetic attempts to speak French.

As have I. Also in Montreal on a visit last year.

I've had the opportunity to spend a fair amount of time in Asia and Europe. One will find unpleasant people anywhere.

In some very poor Asian countries, some of the people have been the friendliest I've ever met (I'm talking about in terms of daily interactions such as dining, shopping, socializing, &c). But there have been rude ones too.

As for my countrymen and women, I think there is a general decline in manners, which are seen as prissy and elitest by many. There is a general lack of interest in and ignorance of the world at large, which I find extremely frustrating and disconcerting. The belief of many that the American way is the best way, that there is nothing we can learn from other countries and cultures. Americans are right in general, and the individual is always right specifically. It's very self-centered.

What is most frustrating to me is that the US, as a nation, has so much going for it in terms of wealth and opportunity, yet is so backward in so many ways.

But at the end of the day, I love my country, if not a large number of my fellow citizens.
post #37 of 165
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Originally Posted by vanity
But no...everyone's free to be the biggest prick they want b/c they're never held responsible.
No.



Too easy.
post #38 of 165
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Originally Posted by Violinist
I've found that these problems of rudeness go away, the higher you move up on the economic ladder.
I can assure you that this is definitely not the case. The poor have no exclusive on rudeness.
post #39 of 165
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Originally Posted by Dakota rube
I can assure you that this is definitely not the case. The poor have no exclusive on rudeness.

O I totally agree, but I find that more affluent people to themselves much better. I've observed this in living/residential situations, shopping, dining, clubbing... they just tend to behave themselves a lot better than most. I suppose you're referring to "new money" or whatever, which stereotypically is very crass.
post #40 of 165
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Originally Posted by Margaret
You can't say 'blacks' like that! It's racist! I prefer... well... 'Les Noirs' has a rather nice ring, I think. Yes. 'Les Noirs'. I'll thank you to remember that, sir.
I didn't say it like that. I said it like this. Blacks. You can't hear the funny accent over the internet.
post #41 of 165
The wealthier people believe it's unbecoming to be loud and rude so they tend to act more polite. However, like most human behaviors, it's a façade. The only people able to maintain a certain public decorum at all times are royalty and religious types, especially the Catholic Church.
post #42 of 165
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
The wealthier people believe it's unbecoming to be loud and rude so they tend to act more polite. However, like most human behaviors, it's a façade.

The only people able to maintain a certain public decorum at all times are royalty and religious types, especially the Catholic Church.

Yes, including the royals and whoever else human beings have diefied, it is a facade...
post #43 of 165
Just look at Haggard. He so wants to be straight.
post #44 of 165
After traveling aroudn asia for almost 2 years i find that most stereo types about americans are true. I am an american, by the way. 1. Loud and obnixious. 2. Fat. 3. Ignornt to the rest of the world. 4. Yelling doesn't make it easier to understand you. Would things be different: - if we were closer to other countries, like in Europe? - if we weren't the most diverse nation on the planet? - if we had better cultural values?
post #45 of 165
Americans are a really trashy bunch of people. Kenneth Pollock, our presumably conservative, Francophilic lawyer from Georgia might agree.
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