Saturday, July 19, 2008

Blankets without borders

"Two French aid workers kidnapped in Afghan," says the headline in the local paper. Must have been a really big blanket...or a really bad headline. Considering that the same issue of the paper includes a headline referring to oil-producing nations in the "Miss East," I'm guessing bad headline.

Which reminds me: locals are inclined to pronounce "afghan" with three syllables, like "af-again." A student told me she spent years pronouncing it "African." I'm sure someone has already come up with a brilliant folk etymology to explain why certain blankets are named for a continent, but I don't want to hear it.

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