Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Ask a Silly Question

Tunisia - Dec 2010 - 054The combination of my Israeli accent, with its very un-Australian pronunciation of the letter R, coupled with people asking stupid questions they shouldn’t ask in the first place, can and does lead to some rather embarrassing moments.
Before you read the following, which took place a couple of days ago, do bear in mind that while mother tongued Aussies’ R is pronounced with more like a W sound, my bloody foreigner's Rs come from the depths of the throat:
Person A: What nationality are you?
Yours truly, with a look of astonishment, as in “why are you asking”: Israel.
Person A: Oh, Islam!
And there you have it. The UN has already announced it would recognize this fledging new country. It might even consider giving it a spot at the Security Council.
I will conclude by stating this was no one off; the country of Islam has been recognized by at least five other poor Aussies who proved unable to dig my accent but were perfectly able to ask irrelevant questions.


Image by Syromaniac, Creative Commons license

3 comments:

Wicked Little Critta said...

Well, it makes sense...if that picture of you from your beard entry is accurate, I assume that your answer to any question would be interpreted as "Islam".

Moshe Reuveni said...

The sad thing is that you're right. Not because of the beard, which is a relatively recent phenomenon (and is quite short by beard standards), but because when people see me - a person with darker skin than the average Anglo - their inner phobias come out and they hear what they would like to hear.

Qur'an said...

Well its a bitter truth that beard is consider as a sign of Islam but why the people forget, west also made beard a sign o fashion, Indian, Christians and some other religions also promote beard then why not them criticize.