Best Unfortunate Coincidence

BoDo means what?!

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Late last year, we received an e-mail from an international visitor to our fine city that made our week.

"Dear BW,

"Hi, the name's Perlin Chow and I'm a native of the Republic of Singapore, a small island country/state/city at the southernmost point of continental Asia.

"So my fiance and I had just left the Bouquet pub after a friend's band had played in downtown Boise. It was about this time when I looked out the car window and started laughing out loud when I saw something that caught my eye.

"Splashed on a renovating development area along Broad Street (I think), like a huge mural on plywood were the letters "BoDo," which according to what I was told, stands for "Boise Downtown." My fiance looked at me as though I had gone crazy as I continued my hysterical laughter.

"Here's the funny thing. When you say it out loud, it is pronounced like the Malay word for 'stupid,' or 'foolish' (if you don't believe me, look up the Malay word, 'bodoh'). I'm not sure if that's a good thing, but it tickled me to a certain extent (obviously)."

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