That Language Barrier!

ronalawn82(z9FL)December 15, 2012

I am sure that only on this forum can I pose this question without fear of being politically incorrect...or vulgar...or both.
I was conversing with a young lady from the Phillipines and happened to mention the word Ocimum. She blushed and laughed nervously. I cautiously asked why the embarrassment.
She replied that in her culture it was a bad word!
Gallantry and a Victorian upbringing (certainly not my enquiring mind!) precluded any further exploration of the "lost in translation" concept.
But here I have no qualms.
Can anyone tell me why I should not discuss the "basil" plants in scientific terms, with Filipino-speaking persons who may not have had a background in taxonomy?
With many thanks for your time and attention.

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susanzone5(z5NY)

Talk about something else.
Or, use the word basil.
Why use an offensive word?

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 9:59AM
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sazgalag

Is it that important that you find out? She probably misheard you!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 9:12AM
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