My Language Skills Are Foul

, , , , | Related | September 8, 2019

(For as long as I can remember, my parents have called each other a word that I always presumed was some made-up nonsense pet name and my mother jokingly insisting that it was an Italian curse word; my father’s family is Italian and he’s the one started it. Finally, one day, I decide to use the wonders of the Internet and look up a translation.)

Me: “Mom, you were right! [Word] means exactly what you think it means.”

Mom: “Really?!”

Me: “Except it’s not Italian. It’s Polish.”

Mom: “You mean your father’s been cursing at me in Polish all these years?!”

(As it turns out, my father used to work with some very foul-mouthed Polish fellows and this was the one Polish word he knew. And yes, my parents still use it as a term of endearment. I love my quirky family!)

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