Miss-Speak #76: Anything Goes
#76 In Hokkien, I believe the term is "ngeh-ngeh lai." Like, anyhow also can, just langgar your way through... Miss: I have a new friend in school. Me: Oh, that's nice darling, who is it? Miss: <pause> He doesn't have a name. Me: You forgot what his name was? Miss: No, no, his name is <pause> Door-knob. Rockstar: <not looking up from lap-top> What about "Car-door"? "Car-Door-Knob." Miss: Oh yeah! I know him. <confidently> He's a boy. (Both of them carry on doing their own things.) Me: <keep looking from one to the other> How..... is.... "Car-Door-Knob" even a boy's name? Rockstar: <still not looking up> That's obviously a boy's name <mild eyeroll>. Miss: <nodding vigorously> Yah. Me: <lost> Sometimes, it only sounds like English.