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PostPosted: 05-03-2006 18:47    Post subject: Polite Burping Reply with quote

Pardon me for being rude,
It was not me it was my food,
It just popped up to say hello,
But now it's gone back down below.

I was watching the film Anita and Me which was on TV last night , and apart from thinking, hey, those 70s were crazy! there was a bit that struck a chord. The father of the girl says over a meal that in some cultures it's polite to burp after a meal to indicate approval. I was told this too at that age, but I've never heard proof of it.

So is it a long lasting urban myth? Or a joke? Or are there countries in the Middle East, say, where every meal is accompanied with polite belching?
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PostPosted: 05-03-2006 21:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

if i remember rightly, burping is considered polite in chinese culture and in some others, maybe because it's a sign you've eaten well and are appreciating the hosts hospitality.

i personally appear incapable of burping, which would be frustrating if i ever visited china it would seem!!

i may be wrong, but my ex lived there for a year and i'm pretty sure she mentioned the burpy thing, my brain may be addled by booze and giddiness tho Embarassed

also i did a quick google search and it came up with burping being a polite thing in saudi arabia for some people (men i think), but not all, and not so in islamic culture. definitely not a happy thing for europeans anyway!

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PostPosted: 05-03-2006 22:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a certain part of Finland its polite to whistle after burping, as then you cant be a pig as pigs cant whistle.
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PostPosted: 05-03-2006 23:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

wyrdbyrd wrote:
In a certain part of Finland its polite to whistle after burping, as then you cant be a pig as pigs cant whistle.

Ah! That probably explains an expression I've come across:

"Pardon my pig, he's a friend!"
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PostPosted: 06-03-2006 19:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I ever said 'Pardon Me' after burping I had a friend who would reply. 'they don't pardon pigs they shoot them'. She was a cockney which explains a lot.
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PostPosted: 05-07-2014 12:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reviving an old thread of mine to ask, there may or may not be polite burping (no one seems to know) - but is there ever such a thing as polite farting?
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PostPosted: 05-07-2014 12:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

gncxx wrote:
Reviving an old thread of mine to ask, there may or may not be polite burping (no one seems to know) - but is there ever such a thing as polite farting?


Not sure if there can ever be 'polite' farting, because of the smell.

I didn't sleep at all last night, as I was suffering from non-stop burping. Completely 'polite' though, as it was just me here. Still burping although it's not as bad.
Will catch up on my sleep later this afternoon.
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PostPosted: 05-07-2014 13:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

The version of the 'burping as approval' story I heard attributed it to the arabs.
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PostPosted: 05-07-2014 14:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard it reported as Japan.

Pretty sure I've also heard it's an urban myth and no major culture considers it polite.
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PostPosted: 05-07-2014 14:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd heard that it originated in the British Diplomatic Service, who would select staff who could burp on cue. The reason for this is that they would lunch with the arabs, and the plates would be continually filled up until they burped.
The problem with this is that everybody outside the Diplomatic Service (salesmen, etc.) started doing this as well because they'd heard the tale.

Chinese people do this plate-refilling a bit too. At one company, myself and a dozen other people once lunched with one of the company directors in a huge Chinese restaurant in Houston. The (Chinese-American) director seemed to want to impress, so he kept ordering us ever more dishes, more ostentatious than the last. I couldn't keep up with all the lobster and grouper fish, it must have cost a fortune. Finally he stopped when we all announced that we'd had enough and had enjoyed it thoroughly. Burping loudly and smacking our chops was part of the approval. I reckon we cleaned out half an ocean that day.
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PostPosted: 05-07-2014 16:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mythopoeika wrote:
gncxx wrote:
Reviving an old thread of mine to ask, there may or may not be polite burping (no one seems to know) - but is there ever such a thing as polite farting?


Not sure if there can ever be 'polite' farting, because of the smell.


How about to show your approval of a meal prepared by a deaf Oriental host?!
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PostPosted: 05-07-2014 16:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

monops wrote:
How about to show your approval of a meal prepared by a deaf Oriental host?!

There's an old joke about that:

Q: Why do farts smell?

A: For the benefit of the deaf!


(A friend of mine completely messed it up one time, and finished with
"For the benefit of the blind"!)
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PostPosted: 05-07-2014 18:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Hadn't heard that before!
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PostPosted: 07-07-2014 09:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

To burp or not to burp .. that is the question.


http://know.burrp.com/b-buzz/to-burrp-or-not-to-burrp/26173
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