They're all kind of amazing, in a hyperspecific way bordering on offensive itself, but some of my favorites are things you'd need to know for a night out.
- Be careful how you pour wine for an Argentinian.
The whole process involves a number of social taboos and unless you understand them you could insult someone.
- Do not take offense if an Australian or a New Zealander makes a joke about ‘’Poms.’’ It is more of a friendly endearment than an intended insult.
- Never imply Poles drink excessively.
- When meeting Mexicans it is best not to discuss poverty, illegal aliens, earthquakes, or their 1845-6 war with America.
- Don’t be offended by Argentinian humor, which may mildly attack your clothing or weight.
- Avoid winking at someone from Hong Kong.
- A smiling Japanese person is not necessarily happy.
- Never call a Canadian an American. Canadians may take offence if labeled American. Some Canadians get so annoyed about being mistaken for US citizens they identify themselves by wearing a maple leaf as a pin badge or as a symbol on their clothing.
Have a favorite of your own?