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The Aubergine Dilemma

Now imagine Adrianna—who has been taught that everyone knows the word aubergine—learning that her American nanny has never heard the word in her life. After we filled a paper with different shapes of eggplant and multiple shades of purple, we laughed at our odd hand gestures and confusion with the word. Finally, after correcting Adrianna’s mispronunciations of the word “purple,” and translating both “aubergine” and “eggplant” into the Italian word “melanzana,” we figured out the word debacle; we still laugh every time we eat eggplant.

The Aubergine Dilemma