Egyptian guide (EG): Saladin did one terrible thing which we cannot forget. He masa creed 400 dinner guests
Wendy: Killed 400 dinner guests?
Wendy: I think you mean massacred not masa creed
EG: the Americans say Masa creed
I decided not to contradict her assertion of how Americans pronounce ‘massacred’. My role was only to ask questions, follow instructions and make impressed noises. For example, she was the director of where and when I could take photographs insisting that her prescribed locations were best. She argued with me if I chose not to comply with her suggestions. She told me to hurry up and move on when I decided to take photographs outside of her prescribed opportunities.
Luckily I’ve escaped from her clutches to my friends home. My friend knows how to
- ‘not know’
- acknowledge her own linguistic and meaningful creativity
- allow her guests to make thier own judgements (about where to take photographs)