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    Google Oglala

    | OR, USA | Language & Words

    (I work for an in-home care company as a caregiver. I am assigned to this lady for a couple of hours as a one-time thing.)

    Lady: “See my beads? I got those from my native tribe.”

    Me: “Oh, you’re Native American? That’s really cool; so am I.”

    Lady: “Yes, I’m from the Ogalalo Sioux tribe.”

    (I happen to be from the tribe she’s talking about, which is pronounced ‘Oglala’.)

    Me: “I think you’re talking about the Oglala Sioux tribe.”

    Lady: “No, it’s not! It’s Ogalalo!”

    Me: “Ma’am, I happen to be from the tribe you are referring to, and I know that’s it’s pronounced ‘Oglala’.”

    Lady: “No! It’s ‘OGALALO’! You have no idea what you’re talking about! My late husband was native and he told me about all the tribes!”

    (At this point, her current husband, who is sitting in the chair next to her, puts down his newspaper.)

    Husband: “And he probably told you it was ‘Oglala’. Look it up.”

    (She is sitting at the computer at the time, so she goes and googled it. Sure enough, the search corrects her and says, ‘Do you mean ‘Oglala Sioux?’.)

    Lady: “F***!”