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Title:
Do's and taboos of humor around the world : stories and tips from business and life
Author:
Axtell, Roger E.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xii, 227 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780471254034
Format :
Book

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Central Library PN6162 .A96 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

The Do′s and Taboos series: over 600,000 satisfied readers-and counting!

"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


Author Notes

Roger E. Axtell is the best-selling author of Do's and Taboos Around the World, Gestures: The Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World, and Do's and Taboos of Humor Around the World: Stories and Tips from Business and Life. In these, and similar books, Axtell combines humorous anecdotes, hypothetical situations, and important and useful information to entertain and educate businessman, teaching international business etiquette with an entertaining and masterful style.

A former vice president of Worldwide Marketing for The Parker Pen Company, Axtell has spent more than 30 years traveling throughout the world. His firsthand knowledge of various cultures do's and taboos also makes him a frequent speaker and seminar leader.

He lives in Wisconsin where he has served as a Special Assistant for Business in the governor's office.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

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

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