13 December 2012

i can even make lame jokes in ethiopia

I recently fashioned a screen for my door and window out of an old mosquito net. My landlord and others on the compound were quite fascinated by my creation, offering compliments on its practical qualities. I proudly stated, “It will keep out the bugs, but not the sheep.”

The Amharic word for sheep is bug.


  1. LOL, I read a report mosquito nets have been used as wedding dress in some areas

  2. good one, Joe. love it. how is "bug" pronounced in Amharic? like in English, or with a long vowel, spelled phonetically [boog]?

    1. It's closer to the English "bug," but the vowel sound is closer to the child of u and e. So, "bäg"?