I had to go to the gas station this morning, and as Lisa mentioned already, it’s been cold lately.
At any rate, an older woman, who was probably in her 50s, got in line behind me at the cash register inside, commented on how cold it was outside, and asked me the following:
“How do you say ‘cold’ in *Asian*?”
I thought I was hearing things.
I paused, and responded with:
“Well, in *Japanese*, you say ‘samuii.'”
I didn’t feel like correcting her about it, other than emphasizing “Japanese,” and even then, it was pretty subtle. I didn’t try and beat her over her head with a fish about it.
Anyways, every one of my friends whom I mentioned this to, most of whom are non-Asian, laughed at my recollection.
First time for everything, eh?