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Saturday, January 05, 2013

I guess it's not only the Japanese who have problems with the "R" sound.




This reminds me of a story too. I lived in Japan for about 2 years around 1977 (I was in the military) and we used to go to different Japanese bars. Some of the names for the bars were weird to me, but I'm sure names for our bars here in the USA would be weird to them too. Anyway, one bar I used to go to with my friends was called "Garrows" but I never saw the name in English, it was always in Japanese Konji script. The walls inside the bar were painted with pictures of prisoners in the black and white stripped suits, prison bars, hangman nooses, etc. It was just a nice place to go, have a drink and maybe dance a little.

Fast forward to the 90's, one day out of the blue I had an epiphany. That bar was NOT called the Garrows, it was called the Gallows. The Japanese people cannot pronounce "r" very well of course and we being the 'intelligent' people that we were, pronounced it the same way and thought of it that way too.

Just when you think you have a handle on life, it gives you a smack down! Apparently I was not as smart as I thought. I still laugh at myself over this when I think about it.
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    Lol.

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    emoticon I noticed the price per pound, probably where we are heading here in America

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    Love the story but did you check out the price per pound on that chinese brocori? Yikes! Makes me glad I garden.

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    LOL! Thanks for sharing this story.

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LOVESLIFE48 1/5/2013 9:04AM

    Love the story!! I bet you have a lot of great stories!!! I love military stories!! emoticon

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LAC936 1/5/2013 8:04AM

    emoticon The letter "L" is a hard one ... they spelz it as they sayz it!

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MARYELLEN301 1/5/2013 7:32AM

    World travel is indeed enlightening! Funny story!

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DONNABRIGHT 1/5/2013 6:48AM

    Great story!

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LEANJEAN6 1/5/2013 6:29AM

    Pretty funny--Thanks for sharing this experience!--Inter emoticon esting!-Lynda

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MARYJOANNA 1/5/2013 6:02AM

  Talk about phonics! This is it!

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