"Every second word was either Saumensch or Saukerl or Arschloch"(Zusak 32).
The Hubermanns talk to each other very differently than other families. They do not truly mean what they say, but its as if they say these words with love. Rosa calls Hans 'Arschloch' very often but still loves him. The Hubermann's verbal abuse is a form of affection between their family. This has also rubbed off on Liesel since she had moved into their home, and now she commonly uses those terms with her friend Rudy, but not with the intent of insulting him, but as a form of showing how strong their friendship is. Even though Rosa and Liesel may use these words to truly insult someone, when they are used towards either their family or friends, the words give off meaning more than just their definition, and shows affection towards others.
The article gives the example of Nelson Mandala and how his words meant more than just their definition. Nelson's speeches reached a large crowd and were able to bring people together. The article quotes Mandala saying that he never took words lightly, this shows that there is always a second meaning to what most people say whether or not it is blatantly obvious. When in a true relationship of some kind, the things that person says would be taken much differently than if a complete stranger told you the same exact things, and as a relationship grows, certain words or phrases become more of an inside joke so to say, and when said to each other shows how strong their friendship is.
Summative Theme: Ignorance is Bliss