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    Smile Lei'd

    Hi dear teachers and friends...

    this is about World's Worst Cultural Mistakes such as Getting Lei'd Off. It's offensive in Hawaii, so, whether you are taking some time off (from teaching English for example), don't you ever refuse or immediately remove a lei in Hawaii.
    So, getting to the point: is lei'd a verb? If so, why does it need a 'd, what does that d mean?

    What You Should Do Instead: Leis in the Hawaiian Islands aren’t just pretty floral necklaces that you get when you check into your hotel or show up at a luau. They’re a centuries-old cultural symbol of welcome, friendship, and appreciation. Never refuse a lei — it’s considered highly disrespectful — or whip it off in the giver’s presence. If you’re allergic to the flowers, explain so, but offer to put it in some place of honor, say in the center of the table, or on a statue. Note that closed leis should be worn not hanging from the neck, but over the shoulder, with half draped down your chest and the other half down your back.
    Enjoy your trip!

    Thank you.

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    Re: Lei'd

    up

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    Re: Lei'd

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Hi dear teachers and friends...

    this is about World's Worst Cultural Mistakes such as Getting Lei'd Off. It's offensive in Hawaii, so, whether you are taking some time off (from teaching English for example), don't you ever refuse or immediately remove a lei in Hawaii.
    So, getting to the point: is lei'd a verb? If so, why does it need a 'd, what does that d mean?


    Enjoy your trip!

    Thank you.
    It's Hawaiian humor. Getting lei'd off sounds like getting laid off. The noun lei is impersonating a verb. The apostrophe is to avoid the awkwardness of leied, which looks strange.

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    Re: Lei'd

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    up
    Up what?

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    Smile Re: Lei'd

    what do we say when we get in a lift and the guy who runs it asks? up or down?

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    Re: Lei'd

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    what do we say when we get in a lift and the guy who runs it asks? up or down?
    We say: "Of course!"

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    Re: Lei'd

    Would you like to go up or down?

    Down, please!


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