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When the elevator in my apartment building is in use, a red light announces “ma’alit tfusa.” T’foo-SAH, or its male equivalent, ta-FOOS, doesn’t just mean the elevator’s elsewhere; it’s also what you’re likely to hear when you knock on the bathroom door and someone’s inside, and the word for when the phone line is busy, the chair is taken or that chick you’ve been scoping out already has a boyfriend.