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Thread #138129 Message #3162540
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
30-May-11 - 07:05 AM
Thread Name: BS: Culture clash, German-US/Brit
Subject: RE: BS: Culture clash, German-US/Brit
Another obstacle to international communication is a tendency of some cultures to use understatement.
For example "things are a bit tricky",meaning they are desperately bad, or "I'm a bit unhappy about that" meaning I am furious.
There have been times when this kind of misunderstanding has had serious consequences, as in a case where a request for assistance by a beleagered British unit in the Korean War went unanswered because the Americans at the other end misinterpreted the message that "things are getting a bit hairy round here".