Author Archives: Sydney Gamble

Maui Harnessing the Sun

Informant Context: James has lived in many locations internationally, including Cosa Rica, Mexico, and Nepal. His family is located in Hawaii, where he will often visit during his breaks from school. He is a student in London, United Kingdom, studying fashion.  Transcript: JAMES: Obviously I am not native Hawaiian, but having spent some time there—especially… Continue Reading »

Ako Bog Da (Croatian Folk Saying)

Informant Context: Ace’s grandparents immigrated to America from modern-day Croatia around the year 1912. They lived in the Midwest, and later permanently settled in Richmond, California, where many Slavic families—particularly those of Croatian and Serbian descent—lived together, working in the coal mines and on the docks during the Great Depression and into the Second World… Continue Reading »

Haunted Hospital Stories Among Nurses

Informant Context: Stella is a traveling ICU (intensive care unit) nurse who currently work in Atlanta, Georgia. Transcript: STELLA: Nurses believe their hospitals are haunted, oftentimes.  INTERVIEWER: Really? STELLA: Yeah. INTERVIEWER: Do they believe that the hospital *you* work at is haunted?  STELLA: I mean like, when I worked at a different hospital, like—there were… Continue Reading »

Dark Humor in the ICU (“Celestial Transfer”)

Informant Context: Stella is a traveling ICU (intensive care unit) nurse who currently work in Atlanta, Georgia. Transcript: STELLA: I feel like people in the ICU especially have like, really dark humor. Um… like, dark kind of like—twisted humor? And I think like, you kind of like, have to be that way. Like, it’s like,… Continue Reading »

South African Slang and Sayings (Voetsek, Sweet Like a Lemon, Yoh, Aiyoh, Shame)

Informant Context: Otis’ parents immigrated separately to America from South Africa in the 1980’s, during apartheid. Otis’ extended family now lives in the Bay Area, California and near Johannesburg, South Africa. Otis often visits his family in South Africa. Transcript: OTIS: I can think of like, some slang that my family uses a lot. Um…… Continue Reading »