09.07.2012 - 10.31.2012
There are only two contributions that I can see the USA has made to world culture:
There is one at almost every train station in Italy
Graphic T shirts with vulgarity written in English
Even saw one young beautiful thing in Munich on the arm of her boyfriend with a T shirt dress that said "I am so drunk I can't (expletive).
My 19-year-old friend from Albania, who is very fluent in Italian and English, believes that most do not realize the vulgarity of these words. Whenever I say I am from Colorado, everyone under the age of 40 says "South Park!" They all watch programs such as this on TV with Albanian, Croatian, Italian, etc. subtitles. They think of these as common and clever words. My 13--year-old Albanian friend, who is fluent in English and studying Arabic, said a couple of English words that I had to tell him were not at all polite I told him if he said similar Albanian words to his mother and grandmother they would be very upset. He was quite surprised.
On the coach tour, we were at a "typical meal of Slovenia." The 50-year-old entertainer, who played the accordian and sang, was also a professor of musicology at the local university. He was quite entertaining and talked about the history of local music and musical instruments. He kept peppering his talk with such words as bullshit and screwing. To me, Ms. Foul Mouth, it seemed rather strange; all my prim and proper tour mates giggled and thought it was cute - go figure.