Signs relieve my ignorance of Vietnamese

First up, a pronunciation lesson. Like many of us who have discovered that we like the Vietnamese noodle soup, I have pronounced “pho” as “foe”. This is wrong, I have been told. Pho sounds more like “fuh”. The sign provides a reminder that I am unlikely to forget.

pho-king

The Pho King Fabulous restaurant is located on the east side of Yonge, just north of Eglinton.

Next up, this sign on a shelf inside Indigo Books (across the pho-king street) piqued my curiosity. What the heck was Thich Nhat Hanh and why was it in the back?

thich-nhat

Turns out it’s a he; a famous Vietnamese zen monk that you probably know about but I didn’t. The sign was in the religion section and I had gone to check for books on Islam. There were a few … and out front, not “in the back”.

There was a special display table of books at the Indigo entrance under a sign saying “Jewish Interest”, so I wondered if the store might also carry books of “Muslim Interest”. Yes, it does. Other religions are represented as well, including Zen. Only Thich Nhat Hanh seems to be kept in the back. Why remains a mystery. I lacked the mindfulness to ask.