Thursday, June 21, 2007

The curse of missing words

My friend Judith when I was complaining about not having the word I needed in a shop:
"Because you have a good accent you don't sound foreign, you just sound stupid."

4 comments:

Matt said...

I think my abdomen just hemorrhaged while I was trying not to laugh audibly at work.

Oh well, internal bleeding is a small price to pay for such a priceless anecdote.

alexis said...

It's this, isn't it: for the first year you're desperate not to stick out like a sore thumb, and as soon as cease sticking out like a sore thumb, you realise that sore thumbs get certain important concessionary privileges (like being allowed to make grammatical errors). Sheesh.

Matt said...

Maybe you should do what I did, and refuse to use gendered articles in a bid to regain your "Suess Auslander" status.

You can't be truly fluent anyway, until you've mastered the trademark German endearingly blunt backhanded compliment.

torshy said...

Hey this is so cool - two of my favorite people commenting on my blog. I feel like I should introduce you guys. Matt - Alexis, Alexis - Matt.

What a nerdland we live in :)