Answers To: Smooth Operator

  1. A, 3; B, 1; C, 2 One's home is a personal affair for the English. In Islamic countries, wives are not a topic for conversation. Discussions of money - but not sex! - make the French uncomfortable.

  2. True.

  3. C. The number 4 is inauspicious in Chinese (it sounds like end); a green hat means you are a cuckold; many Chinese are lactose-intolerant.

  4. True. Chileans interpret a man's obvious display of jewelry as proof that he is in business to amass personal wealth, and has the indiscretion to show it.

  5. True. Guests commonly arrive an hour late for dinner.

  6. C. Australians value modesty, and often sit in front in taxis so they won't appear self-important.

  7. False. The Japanese find the custom of preserving mucous in a carefully folded handkerchief to be grotesque. Use disposable tissues.

  8. C. Dogs are welcome in many French establishments.

  9. True. In England, the word willy is slang for penis.

  10. D.

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