So I’m losing my Albanian. I’m a far cry from where I was in April. Unfortunately there is just not a lot of chance to practice it. I am however, gaining some Macedonian. I’m taking some lessons at the Embassy once a week. So far I’ve proved a terrible student and I thank my teacher for not hating me for never studying.
I do however know the cyrillic alphabet now..holler!! I also know some basic phrases. Now though, I decided to focus my learning on fun words I can bust out for conversation pieces, since most people I meet speak fluent English anyway.
The word of the week is shmeezla (rhymes with please-la). I learned that word this week after a truly bitchy encounter.
I went out to a bar with some friends. First of all, I had a low opinion of the bar because it was only beautiful 20 year old girls and not beautiful 40+ year old men. I don’t like that dynamic- it seems sleazy to me. Second of all I witnessed crazy rudeness.
So there was this table of girls and one girl must have had her purse on the stool she was on and suddenly she bumped it off without noticing and it fell to the floor, rolling away from her. I saw the whole thing happen but I was kind of far away. I was about to go over and tell her she had dropped her purse when I noticed a girl from her table get up.
The girl got up, looked down, saw the purse, and WALKED RIGHT OVER it WITHOUT telling her friend. I was scandalized!! How you going to not tell your friend she dropped her purse??
But then, because me and my friend are looking over, this girl at the table notices and in total Mean Girls style stares us down, and tells her friend (purse girl) that we are looking at them. By the look of their faces, I am sure she said something like “OMG, look at those old bitches looking over at us. Like, what is their problem??”
Despite their rude looks, we take this as our opportunity to HELP the girl and we start pointing to the ground behind her, trying to get her to turn around and see her purse. The girl cannot be bothered to turn her head, her expression clearly saying “OMG, what??? freaks.”
We keep pointing and finally she turns around and sees her purse. But INSTEAD of a apologizing thank you wave, we get a lingering dirty look and she returns to her table.
Sorry we tried to HELP.
Shmeezla, says my friend.
Apparently a shmeezla is a girl that is obsessed with herself and with her looks and can’t be bothered by any apparent uncoolness around her.
Word of the week.