One of my Indian friends would always call my attention and say, “Orlee… Meow!” I wasn’t sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing in their culture. Is he bullying me? I am not sure.
At first I let it pass but after a few more, “Orlee…Meow’s” I went to confront him, “Excuse me, what does that mean?”
“Do I look like a cat? Do I act like a cat? Is it and Indian greeting I dunno.”
“I don’t know I just like saying that to you,” he answered.
“Really?” I asked him, “Then I’ll do this… ‘Oink oink’ with you.”
“Ooooh! Ok. Nice one!”
After that, he would call me, “Meow…” and I’ll answer “Oink! Oink!”
One of our colleagues heard it after some few days after then asked, “Why are you doing that?”
I answered for the both of us, “Because he was meowing at me last time so I answered with oink oink!”
“So,” our colleague answered, “Orlee is a cat and you’re a pig.”
“No! Not a pig,” the ‘MEOWing’ colleague answered, “It’s a monkey! Right Orlee?”
“Yes. That’s a monkey. Oink oink.”
Subtle bullying revenge.