I once had a friend who was an older Scotsman. He had come to the U.S. when he was considerably younger. He had only been here a short time when he asked a young (American) woman out on a dinner date. They talked and laughed throughout dinner - seemingly had a very nice time. As dinner ended and as he was feeling very good about the way the evening had progressed, he blurted out "You know, you're a keen b*tch". As you can imagine, she was extremely insulted and ended up leaving him at the table and stomping out of the restaurant. Bewildered, he also left and went home. He called an American friend and told him the events of the evening, whereupon his friend tactfully explained to him the cause of the problem (use of the word 'b*tch'), telling him that, in this country we just don't refer to nice ladies in that fashion. Still somewhat confused, he said "But I said she was a KEEN b*tch" - and that made it quite a compliment! Any comments or other 'stories' of cultural differences? Do you feel (as I do) that these differences are probably a large cause of problems in international relations?