December 23rd, 2008

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A quick "how do you say"

How do you say this word?

Marzipan

And where are you from and all that :)

I just realized that the way I say it doesn't sound very much like the dictionary suggests, nor like what I'd expect it to be, though it *does* sound a bit like the older English word marchpane, and now I'm all curious and all :)
Aries

Chimichanga?

This is a question that's been banging around in my head for a while, and I thought I'd tap LJ for an answer. As always.

More than once, I've heard it implied that the word "chimichanga" might have a negative connotation. Googling around, I only find reference to the delicious fried burrito that we all know and love. Is there something I'm missing?

I might be misinterpreting what I've heard, but here's a breakdown of the incidents that made me wonder. In Napoleon Dynamite, Summer asks the students if they want to eat chimichangas every day (implying that they will be if they vote for a Mexican student for class president). My mom, who is not the most racially sensitive person in the world, raised her eyebrows and commented that it was an offensive thing to say. Also, on a radio show I was listening to recently, a host made a joke that involved getting a chimichanga from a taco truck, and the other host asked "good, is everyone offended now?"

It could just be that joking about Mexicans eating Mexican food is offensive in general, but I always got the feeling there was something more behind it. Am I reading way too much into it?
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savannah

What's in a name?

I hope this isn't considered OT - but have any of you ever heard the name "Vashtia"? We found it inscribed in an old family Bible (mid 1800s as I recall) and I'm trying to get an idea of the nationality of the woman. It sounds eastern European to me... maybe Russian? The only similar name I could think of is Vashti (as in Queen Vashi in the book of Esther)

Thanks!
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bw

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So I was wondering if anyone could help me with a chinese name. I don't know much about how chinese "spell" names but maybe someone can help.
My chinese (cantonese) name is Luk Mun Fay. Though my Amah has only ever said it to me so I have no idea how it would actually be written in latin script nor in chinese. Can anyone help out at all?

p.s: It's not for a tattoo *grin* I'm just curious.
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