Amer Zahr Show: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
1:28 come around beginning to understand or accept
3:15 end up to eventually become, to land in a position after a long time
3:25 overachiever someone who accomplishes far more than the average
3:30 run in the family be a common trait in the family
3:46 spoils wealth, possessions, comfort
3:51 Associate’s degree a two-year college degree
4:09 Plan B the option to choose when your first choice is not possible
4:15 mess up make mistakes, fail
4:44 greatest asset biggest strength, advantage, or benefit
4:54 cc can’t relax or take it easy, must work hard
5:57 exotic having the characteristics of a faraway foreign country
6:57 Al Sharpton African-American pastor and activist for social justice
7:06 discriminatory/bigoted showing preference against certain people because of their gender, race, religion, or other features
7:17 gain points gain an advantage in the public view
7:19 Herman Cain Tea Party Republican businessman who ran for U.S. President in 2012
7:22 Cabinet the group of Secretaries who advise the President (Defense, State, Education, Housing, Health, Transportation, etc.)
7:25 John McCain Republican Senator from Arizona who ran for U.S. President in 2008
7:41 So what if he were? Why should this matter?  Why is this even important?
8:21 assimilate lose individuality by blending in, fitting in
8:34 subcontinental Indian Asians from the subcontinent of India (distinguished from Native Americans, who are mistakenly called Indians)
8:44 get our whiteness on become white
8:49 our piece of the pie our share of the economic and political system
9:15 naturalization becoming a new citizen
10:18 census form a form residents fill out every 10 years so the U.S. government can account for population growth, representation, infrastructure, and other changes
11:05 hate crimes crime motivated by racial, sexual, religious, or other kind of prejudice, often one involving violence
11:39 Peter King Republican Congressman from Long Island, NY
11:50 Dearborn, MI western suburb of Detroit with largest U.S. population of Arab Americans
12:27 videos, booking info, and contact info
12:47 “We’re Not White” 
12:54 where Amer discusses politics, business, and culture
13:05 Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile compilation of Amer’s blogs, musings, stories

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.