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Våffeldagen

Main Piece: The following conversation is transcribed from a conversation between me (HS) and my co-worker/informant (SC). SC: *Brings in waffles for everyone at work* HS: No way! Thank you! These look absolutely amazing. SC: No problem man. It was waffle day yesterday, but I wasn’t here. We have to celebrate today. HS: There’s a… Continue Reading »

“Coño” – A word for love, hate, and everything in-between

Context: MIMI #4 My informant is an 84 year-old woman of Spanish / Cuban ethnicity. She grew up in Havana, Cuba and lived there until she had to leave due to the take over of communism at the age of 22. This story was told as an explanation of the word “coño” in the Cuban… Continue Reading »

“Two in the air, four on the ground…” – Farsi Riddle

Description of Informant MV (79) is a retired engineer, chess master, and violinist from Tehran, Iran. At 19, he came to America to study at Ohio Northern and remained in the states for his adult life (Missouri and California). While in Iran, he lived a very traditional life under religious parents; this continues to influence… Continue Reading »

“What should I say, if saying nothing would be better?” – Farsi Proverb

Description of Informant MV (79) is a retired engineer, chess master, and violinist from Tehran, Iran. At 19, he came to America to study at Ohio Northern and remained in the states for his adult life (Missouri and California). While in Iran, he lived a very traditional life under religious parents. He has embedded many… Continue Reading »