Friday, January 16, 2009

What a Rooster Can't Say

I must have been boasting or gloating about something, because Ida, my Ukrainian coworker, said, "You're crowing!"

A few minutes later I showed her a drawing I had just dashed off. It was a caricature of myself with a speech balloon in which I had written "Cock-a-doodle-doo!"

Ida looked at the drawing. "What's this?" she asked.

"It's me, crowing."

"But what's 'cock-a-doodle-doo'?"

"It's what a rooster says."

"What do you mean? A rooster says 'kukureku!'"

"In America, a rooster says 'cock-a-doodle-doo.'"

"Impossible," Ida said. "A rooster can't say doodle!"


Anonymous Ryan Goldschlager said...

She has an excellent point.

1:44 PM  

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