Among the exotic names of the world!

So I have to work with people with odd names (to us!) in my job.  Goodness knows how our names sound to them!   I am forever in different countries and the names are often specialized.

Oddest to date appeared just a few days ago in an Arabic-speaking country where I am now becalmed.  Two different chaps I have met in my work who both have the same Arabic name, pronounced as:

Mo’fuck.

Not kidding. Arabic letters don’t line up one-to-one with ours, so you could write it different ways (as with the Libyan leader’s name, right?).   I’m trying to write the above as Mawfaq or something, to try to disguise it (partially!) in print.

But the pronunciation is the foregoing.   So each morning for me it’s now a cheery, “Good morning, Mo’fuck!” — O.T.

P.S., there is also, of course, this raunchy 1943 relic  from Moscow you may have heard about — http://www.lettersofnote.com/2009/10/we-all-feel-like-that-now-and-then.html

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13 thoughts on “Among the exotic names of the world!

  1. Maybe my imagination is limiting me on this OT. I’m uncertain that I would characterize this as exotic. I’m inclined to see it as more a coincidental translation between languages which when spoken in an alternative tongue alters the context of some words. Certainly there is amusement to be had under such a circumstance but I’m just not feeling the exotic.

  2. Not feeling, or did you take grumpy pills this morning?

    I said exactly this in the first two sentences, “I’m inclined to see it as more a coincidental translation between languages which when spoken in an alternative tongue alters the context of some words.”

    1. Well OT you characterize the names as odd (to us) where I described it as coincidental. Therein lies the difference. How is reflecting upon how I perceive this difference being grumpy? But even more particularly I was commenting upon the concept of exotic which I happened to have thought didn’t much apply. Or am I not entitled to express a comparative?

  3. ~flowerchild~

    As for me, I’ve always been tickled by the old Japanese prime minister, Take-a-shit-a. (Noboru Takeshita)

    😀

    1. Great God in Heaven, Flowerchild!! This was the one place I hoped you would *NOT* go! But I suspected you might not be able to resist!

      And *now* look at what you’ve done!!

      Anyway, the old pol had the last laugh according to Wiki: “Although Takeshita was accused of insider trading and corruption, he was never charged and was able to retain his seat in the Diet until shortly before his death.” Ha! So there! And his excremental banner still waves: “Singer Daigo (formerly known as Daigo☆Stardust) is Takeshita’s grandson.” Zing!! 🙂

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