If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Last night, while serving dinner at the Hood, I asked one of our Egyptian staff members to translate a word into Arabic. I asked him to give me the Arabic word for “inappropriate.”

Instead, he gave me an inappropriate Arabic word. Which I said. Without hesitation. As another Egyptian staff member walked up behind me.

His reaction told me that what I had just said was not what I was looking for in my bilingual studies.

I was mortified.

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