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Thursday, April 2, 2015

FLOORed

I had moved to US of A recently. Like any other Indian, I realized that though I speak English, some of the words or sentences have a totally different meaning. For eg,  When the rest of the world understand "ground floor" in a building, in US the word “ground floor” doesn’t exist. It is actually termed as first floor!

On the second day after shifting here, I had a conversation with my European colleague (hereby termed as EC)  who was inquiring about another colleague based out of US (hereby termed as AC), with whom he had worked with. Apparently, I am in the first floor where as AC sits in the second floor (as per American dictionary)

EC: Hello, how do you find US?
Me: Very well, thank you. I am bit jet lagged.
EC: Where do you sit? Ground floor?
Me (playing with his ignorance): Nope. First floor.
EC: That’s good. I presume, AC sits in first floor (rest of the world dictionary) too. Can you pass my message to him?
Me: AC sits in the second floor.
EC: Oh! I didn’t know. I thought we have just rented two floors in the building. May be we are growing!
Me (still playing with his ignorance): May be.

Well, in US, one needs to be careful, else one can constantly be floored!

5 comments:

Mots said...

great prank!.. that too on April Fools Day :)

SRISHA said...

When I first learned about it, I shrugged it off as yet another new thing to learn. Most of us don't pay attention. But you created a blog post out of it. Good creativity.

whoami said...

@Mots
Indeed it was!
@SRISHA
This is based on a true incident ;)

Rahul said...

B,
Keep it coming... Am sure this will be a useful compilation for anyone making this shift :)

whoami said...

Rahul,

Thank you. Keep visiting!