One of my cousins visited us recently and we went to one of his friend's place. The guy had a cute one and half year old daughter called Shoma. She always had a smile on her face and you could see in her eyes that she was a mischievous kid. Since I didn't know anyone there, and my cousin and his friend were mostly reminiscing about their (now long past) school days, it was Shoma and me. And her grandma, who never got tired of telling me exactly what Shoma's latest word was since this morning. Shoma brought along ALL of her toys to me (according to her grandma, she never does this).
I have noticed kids either love me or hate me. Much like girls.
So the father comes into the room to see me pretending to listen to grandma, feigning interest in Shoma's dolls and trying to watch the Raptors game. So he decides he has to make a remark, and goes, "Wow, Shoma's taken quite a shine to you!"
"Yes," I replied without thinking, "she's very cute. I think she'll be one impish girl when she grows up."
"Impish?" The father raised an eyebrow. "Never heard that word before. What does it mean?"
"Oh," I paused to reflect.
Now all of you who are brought up in the British school system or in an English speaking country know what "impish" means, right? In this context it means "naughty in a cute way", "playful", or "teasingly mischievous". I told him so.
It's a nice meaning, right?
"Oh, ok." He smiled and left. I thought that was that, and went back to watching the Raptors blow an 85-71 lead.
"Wait," the father had suddenly returned. He had in his hand a dictionary.
Can you imagine that? Who takes something a guest says and then goes to check it in a dictionary? Hello? Didn't I just tell you what it meant? No, you had to go bring a dictionary and then find the word again in front of me. And it wasn't your Oxford Junior English dictionary either. It was - get this - Samsad English-Bengali dictionary. Written by some Bengali guy, with probably no knowledge of context, common usage or common sense for that manner.
This is what the father read aloud.
Imp. In common folklore, evil fairy or devil child. Adjective: Impish. ...
I guess this is one child whose birthday party I won't be invited to in the future.