Fannies, fireworks and the Fourth of July

July 3, 2017

“Can you scoot your fanny over, please?” my massage therapist asks me. “I beg your pardon, what?!” I say, having temporarily forgotten that in the US your fanny is your butt or your bottom. He says: “Oh, if you could just scoot over a bit for me on the massage table, that’s all”. “Oh, yes, of course!” I reply, immediately moving for him but not without starting to giggle helplessly at this “lost in translation” moment. In the UK, your...

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