MOST OF the things that’ll piss off a Czech are based in the harsh realities citizens experienced living under Communism. So while some of the stuff that gets them riled up might seem ridiculous, there’s a deeper meaning to it all. Even though it’s been more than 20 years since the fall of Communism, the past still affects those currently living there. You try bouncing back from having your civil rights so blatantly violated, and tell me how it goes.
My family is part Czech, and when I studied abroad in Prague I identified very intimately with the people I encountered. Even if you haven’t grown up in the place where your ancestors came from, stereotypes about a culture can still piss you off. I get prickly when people call me an “Eastern European Commie Lover.” That seriously makes no sense, and you are dumb. Here are some surefire ways to piss off a Czech currently living in the Czech Republic, or elsewhere.