Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tell Me I'm Funny....

For the purposes of this story, please note the Tashlheit for 'cat' is 'amush', and that 'no problem' is 'mashi mushkil'. Ahem...

So the last evening at my host family's place was going swimmingly - we were chatting and watching tv, talking about the future and the definition of ice hockey when we moved to the main room for dinner. The family cat was especially jumpy this evening, and refused to leave the tagine alone, evading every attempt we made to shoo it away. We dropped our guard after a few moments, and that's when the cat swooped in for the kill...landing square on the main dish.

My host family was horrified, and quickly shooed it away and out the door. The following exchange is verbatim:

Mom: Samhiyyi! Samhiyyi bzzef! (I'm so sorry!)
Me: aMUSH? mashi MUSHkil! (ba dum BUM!)

...and nobody laughed.


Blogger gertrudeglass said...

I think you're funny, Maggie.

May 14, 2008 at 7:56 PM  
Anonymous John said...

well, that is americana culture so theres a chance theyve never heard the saying... but I probably would have laughed, its all in the delievery

May 19, 2008 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Wow. Bilingual humor. Extremely impressive.

I had to think about it.

May 24, 2008 at 8:23 PM  
OpenID seafaringstranger said...

Haha... nice...

May 26, 2008 at 2:51 PM  

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