Say Namaste To Namaskar

| Bosses & Owners, Language & Words

(I work at a daycare run by an organization that originates from India. Most of my coworkers are international. I am in the office when the phone rings.)

Me: “[Daycare], this is [Name].”

Caller: “Hello, namaskar! Is [Boss’s Name] there?”

Me: “She’s not here right now. Can I give her a message?”

Caller: “Please have her call me back.”

(I write down the message. Later, my boss returns…)

Me: “[Boss’s name], Namaskar called for you.”

(My boss starts laughing, and at first I don’t know why.)

Boss: “‘Namaskar’ is a greeting!”

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