Tuesday, March 03, 2009


Those that deserve death

At the quiz, the inevitable happens: a Japanese question comes up. Tel and I look sheepish.

Which group of Japanese people's name means "those that serve"?

The dad's knee-jerk answer is "Samurai." I consider the alternatives, Geisha and Ninja, and conclude that Samurai is probably closest to the mark.

We put down our answer as "Samurai" accordingly. Then the team waterboy pipes up:

"Hang on, what about Geisha? Because they were like Chinese prostitutes or something weren't they?"

"That's absolutely correct: Chinese prostitutes," I concur, somewhat indistinctly: it's not easy to speak through clenched teeth.

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