“I introduced her to a life full of pashing.”
Did she just say pashing?1 I didn’t know she was a lesbian. Funny that.
No, she said passion!
What the devil! Even after four years my brain is still confused every week.
Here are groups of words in New Zealand that are impossible to distinguish for the American ear:
- bull, ball and bowl
- hair, air and ear
- pen, pin and pan
For people from Chicago the difference is obvious. The sounds of the vowels are distinct. But some Kiwis skip their vowels, which leaves me befuddled.
Can you think of other words that sound similar? For example in Australia “six” and “sex” are too close to call. Think of the despair of the weary traveler in Australia’s hostels!
1. An Australian term for heavy duty kissing between teenagers.
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