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Friday
Jul222011

When We Stopped Laughing, We Explained

As I was getting ready to leave work, I put together a Frequently Asked Questions document for the project I’ve been working on. Which reminded me of a moment last summer, when when I was in our office in Lausanne.

One of the developers there was getting ready to move to a new job, so he’d put together some documentation to help with the transition. Like the rest of the people who work in that office, his first language was French, so he spoke fluent but slightly accented English. As he reported out to the team he made repeated and punctuated references to the FAQ he’d prepared. I know some people who spell the acronym out when they say it out loud: “F-A-Q.” I tend to treat it as a word, one that rhymes with “back.” He did the latter as well, though with his accent the vowel landed somewhere between an “e” and a “u.”

I’m sure I’ve said similarly funny things in other languages.




As part of our Fourth Friday Challenge series, Becky says: “i want the funny! share with us a little gem from your happy memory box, a story or a visual or brief moment that always makes you chuckle.”




Update

Fitness: One Hundred Pushups, Week 1, Day 3 (8-10-7-7-13)
Sun, Moon, and Stars: 362 words, 316 seven-day average, 262 average, 29846 total, 154 to go for the week

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