The more I travel, the more I’m confronted with the mixture of western culture in the 3rd world, which is where I travel most of the time. Some euphemisms that have struck me as funny coming from the lips of friends and strangers here are as follows:
- Nepalese using the phrase “I don’t/they don’t have a clue” (first heard by my ears in late 70′s early 80′s in college)
- Indian boy on TV last night in Delhi “I told him, Dude – you didn’t know…..?”
- The new term in the US that I’m noticing and just waiting to hear “Not so much….” which I guess is a more sophisticated modification of SNL’s “Not!!”
On a more serious note, in India, one of our partners is writing his doctoral dissertation on what it means to be an Indian Christian – how to maintain the Indian identity while being part of the body of Christ. He feels that Western culture has added much to the definition and I’m agreeing with him the more I see.