I was speaking with a German lady poolside earlier this morning. We were discussing cultural archetypes, i.e., defining concepts that are specific to particular cultures. I asked her what the German archetypal trait might be, and she said, “Accuracy”. I tried to explain the Greek archetypal trait of filotimo, or competitive generosity. I said that the most despised archetype among Greeks would be the cheapskate. She had trouble understanding the English words stingy, cheapskate, and miser. But finally, with some explanation, she got it. “Ya”, she exclaimed, “In German we say, someone with barbed wire in their pockets”. Hahahaahhaahaha……I love that!

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