On Wikipedia.com, today, whilst I was browsing, I was doing some reasearch on Basenjis, I found this: The Azande and Mangbetu people from the northeastern Congo region describe Basenjis, in the local Lingala language, as mbwá na basɛ́nzi. Translated, this means “dogs of the savages”, or “dogs of the villagers”. The word basɛ́nzi itself is the plural form of mosɛ́nzi which is a deformation of the French insult once used to describe illiterate indigenous Africans: mon singe (meaning “my monkey”). In Kiswahili, another Bantu language, from East Africa, mbwa shenzi translates to “wild dog”. Another local name is m’bwa m’kube m’bwa wamwitu, or “jumping up and down dog”, a reference to their tendency to jump straight up to spot their quarry.
I have to admit, when I saw, "My Monkey," I laughed out loud. Perfectly seems to describe the Basenji attitude and personality, huh? That and the "jumping up and down dog" Here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basenji Yeah, this post is a little random, but I thought it might make some of you smile.