23 September 2010

I heard something scary

I've mentioned that the building where I work houses people from all over the world. Language barriers are present, but usually we can work around them -- I have some Spanish and a large vocabulary of hand gestures to fall back on. Many of them have lived in the U.S. a long time and don't have much trouble with English, but there are some words that really just have too many syllables or are otherwise too weird to handle. So, for example, every couple weeks, when our pest-control guy is scheduled, someone says something to me like this:

"So, I know the Terminator is coming to our floor today . . ."

and I picture Schwarzenegger stalking down the halls.

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