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'You Indian Giver!'

'You Indian Giver!'

Have you ever heard of the expression 'Indian giver'?

It's used negatively to describe a person who gives a 'gift' and later expects something back in return.

This expression dates back to the 15th century when European settlers first encountered Native Americans.

šŸš« The cause for this friction is simply a cultural misunderstanding.

āœ… In the Native American culture, like some Asian cultures, it's customary to have an exchange of gifts when meeting for the first time.

Cultural norms are unique to each society and exist even between Western societies.

At work, I try to substitute 'interpretation' with seeking to 'understand' my counterpart.