Pride and Prejudice
I can be such an elitist.
Earlier I’d gone for this Psychology social but was feeling quite tired so ended up hanging around a small group of Asians somehow. With people from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan speaking in their weird (to me) accents, I just wasn’t very comfortable somehow.
It’s like I actually look down on them for their ‘poor speech’. But later I thought about it awhile and decided, who am I to judge, when the locals probably think the same about my Singaporean accent?
As though to illustrate this point, when I got back home (nearly ten) I saw a couple of housemates having dinner. “Late dinner, huh?” I asked, pointing at one of their dishes. The owner of that dish looked quite offended and replied, “Yeah, fish and cheese fries, why?”
I was rather confused for awhile (had I made a cultural boo-boo by gesturing at his food or something?) when another housemate helped clarify the issue – I’d said late dinner, not lame dinner. The offended party relaxed almost immediately.