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    South Of The Border Of Intelligence

    | Illinois, USA | Language & Words

    (I’ve just answered a customer’s question in Spanish. Another customer has apparently heard it.)

    Customer: “Wow, you don’t even look Mexican!

    Me: “Well, that’s because I’m not.”

    Customer: “But you just talked to that woman in Spanish!”

    Me: “My father is Puerto Rican, so I’m pretty fluent.”

    Customer: “You’re not Mexican?”

    Me: “No. I’m American. Shall we go ahead with your transaction?”

    Customer: “Wow. Your English is excellent. No trace of a Mexican accent.”

    Me: *jokingly* “Well, it’s pretty hard to have a Mexican accent if you’ve never been to Mexico.”

    Customer: *winking* “Right.” *looks around* “Don’t worry. Your secret’s safe with me.”