Reservation, Conservation, and Assimilation

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions the word Reservation“>reservation? Do you think of reserving a table in a nice restaurant for a special occasion? Or do you think of the legal designation for an area of land recognized by a Native American tribe? Reservation“>Reservations the federal government created after years of massacres, torture, and terror of Native Americans. Or a wildlife Reservation“>reservation  a natural space dedicated for the purpose of conservation, recreation, and protection?

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Although each of these instances of reservation hold similar meanings, one should note that the English language is always changing, adapting, and evolving with the time. The one thing I love about language is that it is a commonality in every culture. Communication is key, right?When I was younger my Mom taught my siblings and I how to speak English and Urdu. Although I speak English fluently, I notice how many words and phrases do not make sense.

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For instance, there is no ham in a hamburger, or any apple in a pineapple. If I was new to the United States and heard someone say, “See you later alligator” or “It’s raining cats and dogs” or “Bite the bullet” I would be confused. I should learn to be more Reservation“>reserved and keep my opinions to myself.  I’ve assimilated to the American culture, so there are probably many other words/phrases that might sound strange too.

Can you think of any phrases/words in your language that have funny literal translations? Or that do not make necessarily make sense?

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