excuse me, um… i farted

“you keep using that word. i do not think it means what you think it means.” inigo montoya, the princess bride

one of the first phrases i learned to say after i arrived in thailand was “excuse me” or “i’m sorry” and i’ve said it a lot. everywhere. all over the place. all the time. any time i felt i’d made some sort of error – which, really, was every time i had any reason to interact with anyone. you know, accidentally bump into someone, “excuse me”. not moving fast enough to get out of the way, “excuse me” i didn’t understand what was said and had no idea how to communicate that, “excuse me”. and the list goes on and on. today in language class i learned that i hadn’t exactly been saying what i thought i’d been saying. instead i’d been saying, “i farted.”

did i mention i’ve said it a lot?

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29 thoughts on “excuse me, um… i farted

  1. hahaahahaooooahhhoahhhhooohohohoooaahahh… πŸ˜†

    Omg, that is so totally the kind of thing that happens to us!

    yep. when she told me i thought to myself, “of course, that’s what i’m saying.” πŸ™‚

  2. Oh my god! That is hysterical! I just spit coke all over my keyboard. Thanks for the laugh.

    ps.. I love The Princess Bride! My friends and I quote it all the time.

    sorry about the keyboard. and i adore the princess bride. a11 is working on memorizing all the lines so we can converse that way.

  3. That made me laugh…you poor thing. I bet you’re now thinking back to all of the most inappropriate situations you said it! Oh dear!

    and i can’t think of one appropriate situation i said it in… 😦

  4. Bwahahahahahaha…. have you noticed anyone avoiding you? Oh my. so funny!!

    i thought the avoiding was just a cultural thing!

  5. cute! when does your mom arrive

    the beginning of may. and before she gets here i’m going to learn to say, “she farted!” πŸ™‚

  6. Hey, wait a minute…..geckos in the bed and “she farted!” – great!!! Can’t wait. Love, Mom

    neither of those things are really true, i mean so little happens over here that i just have to constantly make things up, no really. πŸ˜‰

  7. LOL, that’s classic. heheheheeeehaaaaa

    all though i haven’t heard this, i’m betting it’s not all that uncommon of a mistake!

  8. me thinks bh might do that from time to time

    me thinks, no, me knows you’re very right!!

  9. Ha! That is also something that would happen to me. And then the movie in my head would start replaying all of the wonderful times I said that, and the strange looks on people’s faces around me would suddenly make a LOT more sense…

    that is the exact movie playing in my head!! πŸ™‚

  10. oh: sorry, it’s me again…
    “Doesn’t sound too bad. I’ll try to stay awake. ”

    my friend leighleigh got us started quoting TPB movie lines…
    oh, about twelve years ago
    and now we can’t help ourselves!!!

    it works with any movie of course, and the way we play it is this:
    the trick is to drop a movie line into the convo and w-a-i-t.
    hopefully the other person will pick up your vibe and quote the next line. my D18 is superb at this game.
    loads of laughs:
    now you’ve got me started:

    Have fun stormin’ da castle.
    Think it’ll work?
    (what’s the next line?)

    and now i’m thinking:
    Go away or I’ll call the Brute Squad.
    I’m on the Brute Squad.
    You *are* the Brute Squad!

    *kate exits, stage left*

    it would take a miracle.

  11. gosh soz but your blog doesn’t like my HTML
    the comment above should read this at the beginning:

    oh: sorry, it’s me again…
    “a11 is working on memorizing all the lines so we can converse that way.”

    β€œDoesn’t sound too bad. I’ll try to stay awake. ”

    ok, no more rhymes now, i mean it……. X

    anybody want a peanut?
    bh and i play this game. when we go to any kind of get together we drop as many movie lines as we can… and try to keep track. you win by dropping the most, or by dropping what seems to be the most difficult. sometimes we go in with a movie line assigned that must be said!!

  12. Thanks for the HUGE laugh. You HAVE to send that in to Reader’s Digest!
    My dad says to wipe the egg off your face! He LOVED it! πŸ™‚ Miss our chats.

    egg, i think whatever it is on my face might be far worse than egg..:)

  13. Yes! I agree – that’s Reader’s Digest worthy. Just think of the millions of people who will get a big smile . . .

    maybe i will try it… millions of people smiling because of me. wow!

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  15. i’m telling you, you NEED to write a book… a Texan in Chang Mai. that is hilarious.

    well there is one thing growing up in tx prepared me for – the heat! whew!

  16. “sometimes we go in with a movie line assigned that must be said!!”

    i am so *totally* gonna try this one…. what a riot!!! X

    it is fantastic! and even better when you get your line in and they don’t!! πŸ™‚ not that i’m competitive at all!

  17. Oh, you make me laugh! That is wonderful (but terribly embarrassing).

    i’m trying to embrace it. you know, hold my head up high and all πŸ™‚

  18. Ok, I am at work and I am hysterical! I can hardly stop laughing long enough to type this. I am crying, people are looking at me! LOL. This is the best story EVER! I feel for you!

    thanks! i’m sure you’ll come up with a very good cover for the tears πŸ™‚

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