Re: Let the Blogging Recommence! (Score: 1)
posted Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 12:23 AM (#46508
Quothe NightOwl: "This brings up an odd question. Since a lot of swear words and phrases seem pretty random here. Could you take somebody who doesn't know your language or culture and convince them that any seven words pulled out of thin air were the swear words of your culture? Could you have them convinced phrases mean different things than what they really mean?"
Yes. It is possible. In high school there was a foreign exchange student from Brazil that was on our American football team. He was a great guy but was EXTREMELY gullible. We had him convinced that spam (the canned, spiced meat) was a bad word. We tried others but since he had heard most of them before he didn't buy them.
On a side note we also had him convinced that we got so much snow here in Idaho that the roads were almost like tunnels and the snow piled higher than the telephone poles. He was super excited to see that, having never seen snow in person before. He was pretty disappointed when he found out the truth. We did get about 3 feet of snow in one storm that year but only ended up with 5 feet or so in most areas.
Anticipation of death is worse than death itself. -Me-