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Iraq: What's That?  
User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4369 posts, RR: 10
Posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

I just had to share this because it's so refeshing, at least to me...

So refreshing to not hear the word 'Iraq' every 5 minutes and the word 'terrorism' every 15 on the news; so refreshing to read the front cover of the papers and not read any reference to Iraq. SO REFRESHING!!

And the best part: my first weekend back in Argentina (last weekend), I went out to a pub with an old school friend and three of his friends, a guy and two ladies. After a few drinks which included the strongest Fernet I'd ever had, they started asking me what's going on in the United States, to which of course I replied grudgingly that the two biggies where the election and Iraq. Then one of the girls, her name was Julieta, uttered a phrase I'll never forget:
' What is Iraq?'

I literally got up and gave this chick a kiss, while knocking a couple of people in the next crowded high-round table. Everyone else laughed. They asked me why I'd done that and I said, 'Well, because I'm a little tipsy, but mostly because for a brief moment she made me feel like we were three years back'. Of course she then in her drunken state claimed to really know what Iraq was, but I don't discount the possibility she doesn't really know much of what's going on. This is not to judge what is going on internationally in a political context... But yeah, it felt unbelievably great to be able to forget about terrorism, or whether this time it was a bomb in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, or the Middle East, or about Iraq, and enjoy a care-free spring night.

It puts worrying about nasty pickpocketers, fiber optic cable thieves, crooked cops, and nasty drivers on a different level.

My internet was not shut down, the internet has shut me down
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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7992 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

Sometimes I just want pick up my tent and escape to Okavango river or at least the Yukon, leaving it all behind, the news on the last behading and suicide attacks that sometimes (espec. on CNN) look like a teaser trailer for a new blockbuster if it wasn't for the stock prices displayed at the bottom of the screen some people - don't ask me why - obviously want to track simultaneously.

Give that girl another kiss and tell her I said "Hi".

I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8631 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1486 times:

Yeah sounds great. Tell her Charlie says hi.

fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4369 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1465 times:

You guys are funny  Smile

Of course, now with all the bombs blowing up in Egypt, Pakistan, and France, it's kind of back to normal. You can't get away from it completely of course, but the difference in coverage is abismal.

In the US I couldn't get away from it for two minutes, understandibly so.

Though I'm afraid I may soon grow tired of the 'New allegations of Bribes in the government', 'Another shooting in the guetto', and 'Still no agreement with bondholders on the normalizing of the debt', coverage.  Sad

My internet was not shut down, the internet has shut me down
User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1427 times:

Sometimes, ignorance can be bliss :-]

User currently offlineAirplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1398 times:

Ever pause to think that the names of countrys are quite often different in other cultures?

The United States is the Etat Unis in French. The locals call Japan Nippon. England is Anglija in Slovenia.

In Argentina Iraq is Irak, and they pronouce it "EE-R-R-RAK" (with the rolling R).

Chances are that the girl you kissed just didn't understand you. But hell...who cares?


User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4369 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1389 times:

The question is, why is Iraq written with a Q in English? As a Germanic language, English makes far more usage of the letter K, yet Iraq is spelled with Q. Seems odd to me. As for pronounciation, it depends on the country Airplay. Just like each English speaking country has a different accent, so do Spanish speaking ones, and Argentina's Spanish is very different, to the point we have different subject pronouns in the singular and verbs have different conjugations.

I'm not sure where they pronounce Iraq with such a heavy double R, in Argentina I see it pronounced as in the R in the name 'Eric', but just a little sharper like in the German 'Rücksitz'.

My internet was not shut down, the internet has shut me down
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