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"Roger Axtell is an international Emily Post."— The New Yorker
Roger Axtell's latest eye-opening guide to the pitfalls awaiting the business and leisure traveler is his funniest and most useful yet. Building on two invaluable ideas— "laughter has no accent" and "no matter where you travel in our world, there is one form of communication that is understood— the smile"— Axtell expertly combines fascinating business and leisure lore, more than 300 hilarious anecdotes, and loads of entertaining, invaluable advice on proper etiquette in dozens of countries. From embarrassing dining debacles to unintentionally lewd gestures, this delightful guide shows how to avoid cultural faux pas as you sidestep potential misunderstandings. If all else fails, always be ready to laugh at yourself!
Includes 26 whimsical illustrations by the award-winning cartoonist Mel Casson Discusses the often comical gaffes arising from differences between American English and the English spoken in Great Britain, Australia, and Canada Features dozens of cunning cognates, misinterpreted signs, unknowingly funny gestures, and business blunders to watch out for Helps travelers recognize the where, when, and how of using humor abroad
Words. The "S" Word-Sex. Interpretations. Protocol. Exporting American Humor. Gestures. Cruising. Business Bloopers. Foods and Dining. Toasts. Travel Talk. Misunderstandings. Miscellaneous Humor. Postscript. Index.
ROGER E. AXTELL is the former Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for The Parker Pen Company and has spent more than thirty years living and traveling abroad. A popular after-dinner speaker, he is the bestselling author of eight other Do's and Taboos books. Because of his Do's and Taboos series, World Trade magazine named him one of the twenty-five most influential people in world trade.