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    “London is the Capital of Great Britain”

    “London is the capital of Great Britain,” said a professor with a wry grin. I looked at him with an awkward smile to mask my confusion.  My mind was abuzz: “Why would he be telling me this? We weren’t talking about Great Britain… Does he think I don’t know this? Did something get lost in translation???” Unsure how to respond, I abruptly changed the conversation. An outdoor market in Minsk Recently I have been thinking about the “lost in translation” moments I encounter on a daily basis. Sometimes I forget that humor is difficult to understand and I make sarcastic jokes, which I am sure come across as incomprehensible at…