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Anecdote: The older man

Type: Anecdote

This is a blooper one of my Catalan students made years ago and I still smile whenever I’m reminded of it.

In an early morning FCT class with five or six female university students, the topic for discussion was ‘Marriage and Relationships’. When talk eventually got around to the possibility of marrying a much older man, one of the students was quick to reply that she wouldn’t do it because, “He might die under me.”

More than one of us did a double take when we heard that one. After a few seconds of silence, it slowly began to dawn on the student what she had said and she blurted out in embarrassment that she was always confusing ‘before’ with ‘under’. I’ll bet that class cured her!

In Catalan, before = abans; under = abaix.

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