Wade lost in pronunciation
To say "thank you" in Mandarin, you approximate saying, "Shay-shay." It doesn't hit the mark exactly, because it seems there's an 'i' in there somewhere, like it's "Shiay-Shiay."
But a Chinese reporter took exception to the way Dwayne Wade and his U.S. Olympic basketball teammates were pronouncing it.
"When you say it, it sounds like, 'Sh--, sh--,' '' the reporter told Wade.
"Excuse me?" he said.
She repeated the idea, then said, "You need to tell the other players on your team."
"Um, OK,'' he said.
I started laughing. I know the problems of language. A few weeks ago in Costa Rica, I meant to say I wanted two spoons to share a bowl of ice cream. I said I wanted two pork chops to share the ice cream.
Wade kept a straight face. For a few seconds. After the reporter left, in the middle of another question, he burst out laughing, bending over.
"Oh, man,'' he said.
Mandarin lessons, anyone?