A damned girl

I was studying in Ecuador and had a photography assignment to take a series of pictures of one particular family in town. One day, the 16 year old daughter walked into the family café very excited because she had received a special certificate of achievement from school. I grabbed my camera and tried to record the moment but she hid her face. In frustration, I told her, no sea maldita!, and the entire family gasped in shock as I've said 'don't be damned'. Later I realized that I had been trying to tell her, no sea malita, which is the Ecuadorian equivalent of 'don't be a poor sport'.

Sent by: Kati


James 2006-08-18

Maldita can also mean wicked.

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