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Typical, So Typical

Why is it that when a guy or a girl does something that we generally perceive as negative we say, “Oh, such a typical Kuwait!” We are so used to this phrase that we don’t even think to consider what is actually a typical Kuwaiti. Some may think, “Oh but we know what a typical Kuwaiti is.. it is a guy or girl who is superficial.. cocky.. got bad English.. blah blah” Really? It is generally that bad?

It recently dawned on me that most of the Kuwaiti population do not fit the profile so well. Could it be that those who hold on to nationalism and brag about it, and somehow believe that it gives them some holy right just because of their nationality are actually those who associate these negative attributes to the population? Possibly.

So who or what are typical Kuwaitis? Most (based on my knowledge) are good people, sincere, generous, and friendly people, they do complain a lot but that is what adds to their understanding of others. Are there qualities that you believe are real and typical of Kuwaitis?

4 Responses to “Typical, So Typical”

  1. 3baid |

    I think the “typical Kuwaiti” characteristics are fading away because our generation and the generations to come are already well educated, open-minded, experienced, and don’t have all the negative social behaviour and attitudes.

    Complaining comes when they have a solution, like “upgrade the internet in Kuwait!”, and find that the ministry is not truely pushing for this obvious goal and say that there have other priorities.

    Most notible is the fading of the spoilled lifestyle; people realized they can’t afford showing off. For example, buying an expensive car is pointless because the roads are always busy and the weather will remain hot most of the year. Saving to buy land and build a house is also rediculously expensive. Then luxeries of having a cook, driver, maid(s) are taking their toll as inflation gets worse and people’s daily stress levels accumilate.

  2. Nasser |

    Do you really believe the spoiled lifestyle is fading away? What about those who believe that they can just take more loans? Even that is not typical.. those wanting a fancy lifestyle aren’t the majority.

    What I’ve noticed the most is that the growing number of teenagers are more geared towards individualism more than we ever did. They want do their own thing with their own rules and most of the time they do, in a very good way too.

  3. Amethyst |

    I don’t think there’s a typical anything, but there are characteristics that are often generalized and create stereotypes for certain nationalities. Although I try to avoid that phrase, when used in context, I do understand what it means. In many different contexts, it means lot of different things. So, I don’t know.. Treat it like any other word/phrase with many meanings;p

  4. Nasser |

    You avoid it, from what I’ve noticed there are quite a few who use it quite generously.. it gets annoying. And yes, I shall treat it as so ;p

Reserved, going to add something here later.