Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Don't Jump to Language Conclusions
When relatives from Sweden visited the US, they didn't speak English, and my mother-in-law didn't speak Swedish. She showed the relations what she'd cooked for supper. One of them answered, "Shit burger," at which point my MIL, became understandably upset. The air was cleared in a few minutes when my Father-in-law explained what sounded like "shuut buurger" in Swedish actually means "meatballs."