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Author: rmhj Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 443091  
Subject: Re: Hear My Confession Date: 8/18/2014 10:09 AM
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Wife: You didn't ask her for a favor, you asked her to take a crap for you.

Alas, this kind of thing is common in many languages. Primitive functions tend to have a lot of euphemisms and vocabulary associated with them, making it relatively likely in many languages.

Two examples: many languages lack the stress of English's long E sound. My MIL teaches ESL (English as a second language), usually to the wives of academics visiting the U.S. Lacking the long E sound, it is very hard for them to pronounce 'sheets' correctly, and hard for her to teach them not to pronounce the long E as a short I.

The mother of a friend of mine (she was Danish, and spoke several languages) once taught Kindergarten at an Iranian-American school in Iran. All the kids were supposed to speak English, but in fact only 20 of her 35 charges did, and all 35 were fluent in Farsi. On the first day of class, she had to go briefly (!) to the front office for paperwork, and when she returned, the class had descended into chaos. She said the first thing that came to mind, "Shush!", and the effect was electric. The kids stopped dead, returned to their desks, pushed them upright, and sat down. Twice more that day, the kids got out of hand, and "shush" stopped them in their tracks.

That night, my friend's mother went and looked up "shush" in her Farsi dictionary, where it described the word as 'command form to urinate'. So she'd, in effect, been exclaiming 'Piss!' at the kids. She dreaded what the kids must have told their parents, but for whatever reason there wasn't any parental fallout.

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