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Monday, March 28, 2021

When my dad first came to this country in the late ’60s, he spoke pretty much no English.

He hooked up with his brother-in-law (my uncle) on a construction job. During the workday, there was always a radio nearby, tossing out music and DJ chatter. Then, as now, newsbreaks would come on the air every hour, and include the weather report.

Despite not knowing the language, my dad would keep his ears perked for certain words. He noticed that every newsbreak would have a mention of Greece, his homeland, in it. After a few days, he couldn’t figure out why a radio station in New York was mentioning Greece all the time. He finally asked his brother-in-law about it.

“No,” he was told. “The radio’s not saying ‘Greece’; it’s saying ‘degrees’. Like what temperature it is.”

Greece, ‘grees — sounds similar, but no cigar.

I’ve got a somewhat better grip on English. But I’ve noticed an experience similar to my father’s: Whenever I see the word “geek” — as I do when browsing blogs via BlogExplosion — it registers as “Greek” for a split-second, enough to make me pause every time.

Must be something in the genes.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/28/2005 09:06:59 PM
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On Saturday, I spent a good portion of the night at Derby Lane; it wasn’t my idea, but it turned out to be a little bit more fun than I was anticipating. It was my first time at the dog track in many years, despite living only a couple of miles away.

On Sunday, I spent part of the night watching The Best of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog DVD at a friend’s house. We took particular pleasure in watching the segments that ripped the Westminster Dog Show.

Reflecting upon these experiences, I realized: Despite the seeming polar opposites that each dog venue represents, the dogs have fairly similar names.

Don’t believe me? Check out a sampling from each:

- From tonight’s Derby Lane race lineup: B’s King Kaliko, Stop Ona Dime, Leta’s Alexa

- From this year’s Westminster breed entry for retrievers: Curlynn Resistance Is Futile, Shadowbrooks First PJ Party, Gladrags Phorce Be With You

Pretty much equally silly. Must be something about bestowing names and titles on canines.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/28/2005 08:46:35 PM
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