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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

WHAZZUP BUDDY

The two common words in USA, was a terrible nightmare for me. First when i came here from India, it was kind of funny when people used to say "howdy" "wazzup". I never understood the accent with which it uttered or what they meant. It was kind of awkward, as you dont know what to do when someone comes up and say howdy. I always managed with a smile and nod of the head.

It happens that once my manager when passing through office corridor, says "whazzup buddy" and was looking at me to say something. My brain deciphered something like a bee's buzz. I was wondering what to say. As adviced by my peers i just blurted out "Pardon me". I could see in his eyes "What this jerk is doing, cant understand whazzup??". To be polite he mutters "howdy". I was wondering what the heck is goin on.. what am i supposed to tell. I should have just used common sense and tried my usual "smile and nod" routine. But i tried to be polite and go back to my rhetoric "Pardon me..".

Thats it. My manager got real red in the face and i could see the confused look on his face. He was thinking, whether i m serious or making fun of him. Third time he says "Whazzup". From the look in his eyes i stopped well short of saying "Pardon me" and went back to my "smile and nod" routine. He was clearly releived (from not having to strangle me). And till date whenever he see me in the corridor or anywhere, he just hangs his head and walk away as though i dont exist. I can't blame him for that.

Anyways, is there any dictionary that explains all the american slang?

-S

posted by ACE !! at 8:39 PM

2 Comments:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/ - It contains all the slang

March 14, 2007 at 10:14 PM  

The other way is also true. When we say something they are clueless as well. For instance, a buddy of mine was looking for 'adhesive' (big word) to fix his shoes at Walmart. I clearly advised him to not use such big words and I was at fault too as I was not able to come up with an alternative at that time. Then my buddy politely asked the Walmart rep for 'adhesive'. The rep never gave any confused look and to our surprise immediately took us to an aisle. That is when we had the confused look. This aisle had nothing but tooth paste and the rep had my buudy stare at 'Colgate Tooth paste'. Only God Knows Why. How in the hell is Adhesive equivalent to Colgate tooth paste. That shocked us gave us the American alternative for adhesive which was glue.

May 5, 2007 at 5:37 AM  

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