The question in Haiti, is "What do you call that thing?"

-- The always fascinating (and voracious reader and generous sharer of information), Jane Walsh informed me of this:

The Haitians do NOT have 
a word for EARTHQUAKE

I guess they'll either adopt one from the French or neologistically come up with one of their own pretty soon, if they haven't already done so.

(Nor do they have a word for snow, as PA gov Ed Rendell pointed out after welcoming 50 Haitian orphans -- prearranged before the quake to have new homes in PA -- and having to explain what it was, that cold white stuff falling from the sky.)


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