Very Green With The Language

| Friendly | April 10, 2014

(I am stationed in Germany with the U.S. Military. I learned German before arrival, and spend time in a few local bars with other military members. We are always polite to the servers and never get rowdy. About three months after I am assigned, a new guy shows up. He is a pretty rude type, but we allow him to tag along his first evening in country. He doesn’t know a word of German. A couple of beers into the evening, he looks at me and asks:)

New Guy: “How do you say ‘pretty’ in German”?

Me: “Why”?

New Guy: “I want to tell our waitress that I think she is pretty.”

Me: “Grün” *which actually means GREEN*

New Guy: “Hmmm. So how would I tell her she is very pretty”?

Me: “You say ‘Du bist sehr grün.’” *you are very green*

(My companions are doing their very best not to laugh. The waitress comes to the table and he pipes up and says it very clearly and very loudly. She just looks at him strangely, and I rattle off an apology for my friend and tell her that he is drunk. She stays away from his side of the table for the rest of the evening. The new guy has the hardest time trying to figure out why she was offended.)

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A Means To Flatter To Forget The Matter

| Friendly | April 10, 2014

(I just finished scolding a group of kids at the library for running around, screaming their heads off, knocking dozens of books off of shelves, sitting on chairs they put on the couches, and using bookends as skates.)

Girl: *talking to her friends but pointing at me* “See that really pretty girl over there? She yelled at us!”

(They are forgiven.)

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Doesn’t Like The Direction This Is Going

| Friendly | April 10, 2014

(My friend and I are trying to creep each other out.)

Friend: “I’ll tell you about all the fantasies I’ve had about One Direction… IN DETAIL.”

Me: “That’s great. But I can tell you all about stuff that me and [My Boyfriend] have done.” *I lean in closer* “Actual. True. Occurrences.”

Friend: “… You win.”

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Giving It To You Straight(ened)

| Friendly | April 9, 2014

(I meet a friend after leaving a hairdresser to have my hair straightened.)

Friend: “You lost something.”

Me: “Hmm, what?”

Friend: “Your curls.”

(A bit later, I put a picture on Facebook of the new hairdo, to which the same friend reacts.)

Friend: “You lost something.”

Me: “My curls?”

Friend: “No, your dignity.”

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Found In Translation

| Friendly | April 9, 2014

(While I would never judge, it is a fact that my housemate is a person who enjoys the company of many partners. I have borrowed my housemate’s car to retrieve mine from the mechanic. My friend and four-year-old daughter are in the car. My daughter is a fan of a certain Spanish speaking Mexican girl and this is the only Spanish she could possibly know.)

Daughter: “I think this car needs a name, Dad!”

Me: “Really, [Daughter]? And what name would you give it?”

Daughter: “I think ‘Puta’ is a nice name.”

(My friend and I burst out laughing to the confusion of my daughter.)

Friend: “From the mouths of babes!”

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