Euphemisms are Deadly…but not this Time

Originally written on March 3, 2015

(Scene)This morning at the breakfast. Musa (Katey-the-klutz’s name in the bush which ironically means grace) is frantically packing her lunch before she walks to isiZulu class and Mam is eating breakfast.

Mam: Musa this morning my mom passed.

Musa: Puts down the bread, processes the heartache for a few seconds, and comes up with a response. Mam, I am so sorry.

Mam: She passed her regards.

Musa: recovering from the thought of her 90 year old Gogo’s demise Mam for the record that means something very different in the United States.


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