INSEAD cultural exchange: swearing

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Classmate K stopped by in Singapore, so some of us met up for dinner with her at Din Tai Fung. The restaurant was noisy and we had to talk loudly to be heard.

An amusing dialogue began between K (polite Japanese), C (Singaporean Fonty elf) and M (outspoken Aussie).

C: (to K) Can you teach me to swear in Japanese?

K: (can’t hear properly) “s-wear?”

Me: Like, to say really bad words.

M: (matter-of-factly) You know, like F**K?


Despite some cajoling, politeness won out. Gotta hand it to the Japanese…

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