A rude person

Une personne impolie


annoys people, steals things, talks loud, irritating

blunt, intolerant, irate

burps in public.

deserves a slap in the face, needs to be taught

doesn't respect anyone.

ignores someone who is talking to him/her, bumps into people and doesn't apologize, dishes out saucy comments often

inconsiderate, rude, annoying, frustrating

is disrespectful and disgusting

is either recently wronged, limited in his empathy, or merely tactless.

is ignorant and disruptive.

is loud and arrogant and impolite.

is nasty, isn't respectful, is insulting

is not a well-behave child.

is one who is often egotistical, conniving and does things selfishly.

is selfish, arrogant, and snobbish.

looks like a spoiled brat.

pushes others in the hallway

says disrespectful things, or does disrespectful face expressions (sneers..etc)., or raises his/her voice too high,

spits on you.

usually gets what he or she wants through persistence, yet is probably terminally unhappy.

a peur, agresse parce qu'elle se sent agressée

c'est qui ne respecte pas les autres, qui agit différement des autres et qui ne se conforme pas à la culture en place.

coupe la parole, parle vulgairement

est désagréable, grossière.

est irrespectueux

est quelqu'un de vulgaire, qui n'a aucun respect pour les autres.

est quelqu'un qui se pense au dessus des convenances

est un idiot, est soit mal élevé, soit égoïste

est une personne qui ne se respecte pas elle même.

n'avance pas dans la société

ne dit pas bonjour, crache par terre, ne s'occupe pas des autres

ne dit pas bonjour, n'écoute pas les autres

ne dit pas bonjour, ne dit pas merci, a un langage familier

ne dit pas merci, parle avec vulgarité, crie sur ses parents et n'a aucun respect pour les autres

ne respecte pas les autres

ne respecte pas les autres, est étroit d'esprit, est stupide, est aveugle

ne respecte pas, ne s'adapte pas

qui ne respecte pas les autres, insulte


It seems that the French criterion for being considered a rude person are more based on formalities that have been lost in American culture. For example, I do not consider it to be rude when I pass by a stranger and he or she does not say "good day," however maybe 150 years ago, I would feel that this was rude. Why do you think we Americans have lost our polite qualities? Could it be that it's really just a waste of time to be polite to strangers in passing?

Although both groups state that rude people are ignorant and disrespectful, Most of the characteristics told by the Americans question the motives and emotions of rude people: selfish, intolerant, arrogant. The French, on the other hand, focused on their actions in this questionaire. That is, whether or not people say "hello" or "thank you". What inward characteristics do you feel characterize a rude person?

What does coupe la parole mean? Also, do the French always say "good day" to strangers? In the United States, we're not obligated to say hello to the strangers that we meet. In fact, it's sometimes common practice to just ignore the other person. Do you find this rude?

"couper la parole" signifie interrompre quelqu'un pendant qu'il est entrain de parler, sans attendre qu'il ait fini. En France on ne dit pas bonjour à tous les gens qu'on croise dans la rue, surtout à Paris, mais dès que tu te retrouves dans un espace restreint il est convenu de dire bonjour...

En fait, de la même manière que vous, on ne dit pas bonjour au inconnu que l'on croise dans la rue. Cela dit si on croise des gens durant une soirée, une réunion (travail ou famille) et que l'on ne dit pas bonjour, ça risque de ne pas super bien passer auprès des autres.
Un exemple de cas super désagréable, vous êtes avec 2 personnes, un troisième personne arrive. Si elle dit bonjour au deux autres et pas à nous, on va trouver cela vraiment malpoli, et accessoirement cela va nous énervé.

This is somewhat of a tangent, but your talking about not saying hi to a stranger made me think of the way tourists are looked upon in France. I'm actually visiting Paris this January, and I was wondering how do the French perceive visitors? As stupid Americans, ignorant tourists, etc.? Coming from NY, I know that many native New Yorkers view tourists as people who crowd up the streets and hold up the sidewalk traffic by stopping everywhere to look around and take pictures. For the most part, would you say that tourists are looked upon favorably or not in Paris? Thanks!

It seems to be that the Americans base their idea of rudeness on how you interact with a person privately more than the French. The French classify rude people as people who don't say hello, thank you, and are disrespectful, qualities attributed mostly to strangers. Everything else aside, I think it is very interesting that the French seem to use the word "rude" in reference to strangers more than friends, and the Americans use the word "rude" in reference to friends than strangers.