Saturday, January 17, 2009

Lost in translation

So my aunt and grandmother and I are sitting around the kitchen table last evening. My aunt and I, in English, are talking about how the heat gives us dry skin in the winter. My grandmother, who's 80 and doesn't really speak much English, says something that has nothing to do with the conversation. So in our native tongue, I explain to her that I have a dry goat.

Yup, you read that correctly. Because the words for "skin" and "goat" sound very similar in our language, I explained that my itchy back was due to an arid.....goat. (I don't know any euphemisms for goats, do you?)

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