Tuesday, September 8, 2009


A friend of mine, a couple of jobs back, told me this great joke.

We were walking out to our cars after a fun day at work and he proceeds to tell the joke.

Srini: "What do you call someone who speaks 3 languages?"

Me: "Tri-lingual?"

Srini: "What do you call someone who speaks 2 languages?"

Me: "Bi-linqual?"

Srini: "What do you call someone who speaks 1 language?"

Me: "I don't know, mono-lingual?"

Srini: "American."

Srini was not American born, nor is that is full name. He also spoke 3 or 4 languages and he was giving me a hard time for being "mono-lingual."

His full name consists of a whopping 26 letters. I went to great effort to learn how to pronounce his name prior to his interview. Took about 4 weeks to get it right.

Not really sure why I recalled that particular joke today...but it was a good one. I miss Srini...such a good sport and a fun guy. If you ever run into him, ask him, "Can I tie that for you?" and see the different shades of red he turns.


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure you could really say that Americans speak even ONE language (correctly, anyway!)

oraclenerd said...


i would probably be more offended if it weren't so true. i would joke with my Indian friends that they spoke better English than I did.