When I came to Finland it never occurred to me that my name, Sally, would be mistaken for a Finnish slang word and cause confusion. The first occasion was when my boyfriend’s aunt called her daughter in Canada, telling her, “Timo has started to date an American Sally.” She slightly mispronounced my name and said sälli, a slang word for ‘dude’. At some point the phone call was cut short, and the result was that for a couple of weeks this cousin thought that Timo had come out of the closet and was dating a guy from America.
I advise you to read the article, especially if you need a laugh or two today (who doesn't?). *wink*
If I ever have funny experiences with Finnish, I'll surely write them down in this blog for your entertainment. ;-D