What did we do for entertainment before the Internet?
Someone posted a very touching question on a message board:
"can u help mi say son of a pregnant dog and other bad wrds this kid is trying to make mi feel bad (sic, sic and sic)
And pat came this noble and shockingly dull response:
"My advice would be to take a holistic view, and instead of reacting in anger, _pray_ for the kid. See the difference it will make in that kid's behavior!"
Did I tell you that this exchange occurred on the forum of an online dictionary site? They have a pretty decent English-Hindi dictionary too. The original poster could have simply looked up the relevant words. And why is the responder/moderator getting into a "Buddhism for the Bullied" lecture?
All he had to say was "garbhavati kutiya ke bete". So it's a harsh, unwieldy phrase and takes too long to roll off the tongue, a real risk during an altercation. It could also lead to another round of forum posting: "wht iz garbhavati?"
At least the kid would have come away with his faith restored in dictionaries and message boards. (Anyone remembers gems like "What is LMAO" on USENET? I know, next you will ask me, "wht iz USENET?")