How would you explain this sentence?
Father (he was an American) and Mother are still not divorced because of the Mexican paperwork. “Divorce,” Father pronounces like a taste of soup with too much salt. Her name, he says like the Lord’s taken in vain. Sometimes he says “Mexico,” and the word has nothing in it at all. A wall with no colors painted on it.
How would you explain this sentence: Her name, he says like the Lord’s taken in vai?
Does it mean the father said his wife’s name with contempt?