Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What's in a name?

So I was out last night wandering around Paris. I stopped in a lil grocery shop to buy a can of beer. I got to chatting in Arabic with the young Moroccan shopkeep and his friend. He was from Agadir, a place I had been a few times; we chatted about Moroccan food.

 He told me his name was Hasan, and asked mine. I replied "Boulus," which is Paul translated into Arabic. He and his friend started to laugh. He said I was better going with Paul here in France. When I asked why, he told me that in France, "boules" meant "balls." I laughed my way out of the store and into the empty night.

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