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Diversity is a great fun, sometimes puzzling, sometimes embarrassing, often totally absurdous but anyway you can learn a lot about other (sub)cultures and actually your own too.
Same things familiar and clear to you could have completely different "codes" in other (sub)cultures. Note this does not have to be bound to a specific region.
Just a few examples which could make good questions in this context, not only in terms of language disambiguation:
- Is it correct that Russians say na zdorovje for cheers?
- How comes one colleague's name means in other's language exactly "who beats children?"
- Is it polite or impolite in culture X to tell guests that they should leave as it gets late?
- Is there a culture where you say "hello" by spitting on people? / Why did my Masai colleague asked to spit at him at our workplace during his afterwork birthday party last night?
- Every wondered that color of your teen child's shoe laces could express some specific message?
- Could it be that a friend a colleague behaves in a strange way because of the cultural superstition you never heard of?
- Is it okay not to have a separate BBQ device for people who are vegan or doing Ramadan?
I am sorry if you might find #3 and #4 embarassing but this is exactly why I've raised this question.
These are real life examples!
To 3. There have been two families in my friend circle who suffered a long night embarrasment because in guests' cultures it was impolite to leave by themselves, and guests' culture expected guests to leave by themselves.
To 4. Check this link: http://creativecultureint.com/spitting-to-show-respect
I think anybody who has lived/worked in international/expat contexts, either has experiences in binational relationships, either compared youth/gender subcultures will think of many other examples and situations.
Based on the answers and votes, I will see whether an Area 51 request would make sense or not.
This question is not a duplicate because the effort for a new site proposal requires in my eyes getting an impression whether it's worth it or not before stepping in a more formal process.