One of my colleagues is an utterly delightful woman from Zimbabwe. While Shona is her first language, her English is pretty much fluent, but she does occasionally stumble over words and phrases with highly amusing and embarrassing (for her) results. Last year while I was heating a spicy mexican beanburger in the microwave, she, wanting to know how much longer I'd be, asked "How long is your thingy?" My response: "Accompany me into the next room and we'll see." Much to my and bystanders' merriment, she ran off. Black people can go red. Yesterday, she was commenting on my appearance (unkempt hair but new shirt), and said "You need a haircut, but very nice down below." Onlookers started sniggering. She, realising the enormity of her comment, shrieked and ran off. She's not going to hear the last of that one!