Sunday, August 08, 2010

No physical abuse here

Kyla, my five-year-old daughter: "Mommy, your Mandarin teacher hits you, right?"

Me: "What???"

Kyla: "You said she hits you."

Me: "No, she doesn't! What are you talking about?"

Kyla: "Or pushes you, or something?"

Me: "Oh yeah, she pushes me!" The explanation followed.

When I was in college, I was speaking with a Bulgarian friend who had never heard the expression, "Beats me." He had a shocked reaction too, before I explained it.

I wonder if English has more metaphors of violence than other languages?

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