Peculiarities of the American Mentality, or Why Ours Feel Awkward
These are just my observations, and they certainly cannot apply to the whole nation. And for the most part, these are just those things that will in no way affect my mentality and habits, and because of this I do not always feel “my” in the company.
Immediately after the joke, you should clarify that it was a joke, or apologize right away
This happens if a so-called “borderline” joke has broken out, which with probability of at least 0,00000000001% can be perceived as a grudge. I sometimes did not understand the essence of the joke, but the person was already “sorry, just kidding”. And you are so meaningfully "ooooookey".
"O God", "Lord" and other religious exclamations
It may well be taken very negatively by religious people, of whom there are not a few. After each outgoing “My God”, I look with horror into the interlocutor's face, to make sure that he does not consider me to be a devil of hell.
Hypersensitivity to all near-tolerant topics.
Somehow even our neighbors, Brian and Mark, are married to me, and with whom we are directly friends, friends, we celebrate birthdays, we visit each other’s houses, and in all seriousness we have hinted that I was surprised that they themselves change tires on the car. It did not even occur to them that I simply believe that it is difficult for any person - they thought that I believe that gays cannot do it.
Total law abiding
No, it's really cool, and therefore it is so calm and safe here. But I once blurted out with a colleague that I downloaded some of the torrents in Russia - she looked at me as if I had cleaned the piggy bank of an orphaned disabled child with an incurable disease. I don’t even joke about that anymore.
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What is “natural” is not disgusting.
This is when you see a person a second time, and he tells you how his furiously tormented gases after milk. And very colorful. Or "we sit well, well, I will not move aside." I am sure that this is not very often, but in Russia I have never met this, so it is very difficult for me to keep track of my facial expressions at such moments.
The original column is published in Instagram Karina Kudinova.
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