In 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle adopted a cute black lab. After two years of speculation and mystery, in 2020 the world finally learned the royal dog’s meaningful name: “Pula.”
Pula is the official currency of Botswana, the African country that Harry and Meghan traveled to when they first dated and fell in love in 2016. In other words, their dog’s name honors the foundation of their relationship.
Hearing that background, you might think that Pula’s name is sweet and appropriate. Well, it turns out that the word “pula” in Romanian actually means something completely different.
Social media laugh at a double meaning
While the media started reporting that Harry and Meghan’s dog’s name has “a special meaning”, people speaking Romanian were confused. If you don’t speak the language, the word ‘pula’ means, er, male genital tract in Romanian. oops.
†[Y]of course you understand that in my country Pula means penis,’ @ally_sima replied to an InStyle announcement of Pula’s name calling it “cute”.
The story of Pula getting her name is a lot less cute when you hear it as a slang word for penis. Another tweeter replied nasty The Independent’s Coverage:
“Oh yes, a very special name indeed: in [R]Omani the word “pula” is the vulgar word for penis and in [A]lbanese [it] means ‘chicken’.”
technically, pula also means “rain” in Setswana. Since it hardly ever rains there, many residents consider rain, or pula, to be a valuable blessing. Unfortunately, that extra meaning just isn’t as noticeable as “your dog’s name means ‘penis’.”
Oh yeah. As long as Pula still has that special meaning for the parents of the dog.
Harry & Meghan’s Dogs
By now you know all about Pula, the black lab that joined the family of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018 (and whose name wasn’t meant to mean penis). The couple also have another dog, a rescue beagle named Guy.
Markle has always been a dog person since her relationship with Prince Harry. And of course, Harry comes from the royal family that is famous for their multiple Corgis.
Unlike the Queen’s Corgis and the Duchess of Cornwall’s Terriers, Guy and Pula are slightly less likely to be out in the public eye. However, there was that one time in 2020 when Pula got into the background of her parents’ TIME 100 video message.
Of course Harry and Meghan also have two human children, Archie and Lilibet, but we tend to focus on the dogs here.
H/T: Daily Star
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