Monday, January 05, 2009
There is a phrase that is used in Vietnam, with great frequency.
"Same, same but different." Also, "same same." Should be written same-same. Two syllables of the same same word.
You seet it memorialized on shirts, it is such a part of the experience here. It is also used in completely unrelated experiences, when viewed from this American's perspective.
My favorite is the response from others when you say it. I can be standing among a group of people, discussing, say, the way a coat fits, and say "Same same" ...and everyone around me excitedly repets it. "Same, same." "Same, same." "Same, Same."
It's almost like pushing a button or pulling a cord on a see and say. I haven't fully picked up when this idiom is apropos, but I will...
Posted by Ron at 3:31 AM