Friday, August 14, 2009

Favorite...Language...Watch Out

I think that I might understand British English better if I could drink this stuff, but I can't handle any beer. I remember my children saying (when they were of age) that I just needed to be REALLY thirsty and the beer needed to be REALLY I followed the instructions and yucko, now I was still VERY thirsty but with a bad taste in my mouth!!

Much as I love other human languages, wouldn't it be fun (or maybe a tad scary too) to know what the animals are thinking?....

Just in case one isn't difficult enough, let's put these two 'bad boys' together.....

For those who missed the delightful comments I received yesterday, helping me with terminology in Great Britain, I have copied these gems for you....

Regarding English English
I have some more information for you and your lovely followers:

A hen party is a gathering of wild rawcus ladies having a good time with no men allowed.You probably have heard of that.
(This is something we actually say here, but I wonder why there is no such thing as a rooster party...don't men like to party?)

A 'nit wit' is someone not blessed with much intelligence. Another phrase to describe it is "He is as thick as two short planks". Manwell in Fawlty Towers gets it wrong and calls it 'wit nit'.
(This is another one we use here, but I do like the two short planks, if someone IS blessed with intelligence, is he as thin as two thick planks?)

Jackie informs me that you have a phrase, "To Piddle", meaning wasting time. I dare not use that one here because our version means, "to relieve one's bladder" as in the famous book "Running Water" by I.P. Standing. In England we have a town called "Piddletrenyide" - named so because it is always raining so we have a saying for, it is raining hard, "It is raining cats and dogs" or "It is peeing down".
(This is too cute, but I really would rather say it is raining cats and dogs than it is peeing down and everyone NOT piddle around anyone from Great Britain or I will hide my face in shame.)

In England a "thingamybob" or an "ugamyflip" (not certain of correct spellings) both mean "an item" or "a thing".
(Amazing as I have heard thingamabob, but ugamyflip sounds like something from Africa.)

But be careful because "an item" can mean something else, "a couple" as in a man-woman relationship.
(Isn't this one interesting...because saying a couple is an item here sounds sort of formal.)

I will not explain in full the priceless blunder when an English Professor addressed an American conference and started by asking them to correct some notes by taking out their "rubbers". Your word is much better, "erasers" and of course that is what he meant.
(Have heard of this and it is very funny, but just goes to show how cautious we must be.)

Recently I used the term "take a flyer" which caused quite a stir because the meaning was very ambiguous. It simply means "to take a wild guess".
(Another one I like very much and think I will start using this one as well...what a store of treasure I will have and Michael will be totally baffled...actually alot of times he is baffled when I just speak 'woman' to him.)

Oh and referring to our discussions about the use of 'u' in English English words and your hypothesis that if you did not use u the message would be typed more quickly. Well I do see your reasoning and you do have a nute point I grant you BUT why have a letter on a keyboard if it is never used - the poor thing will feel left out, so be nice and use it - anyway it looks better, it reads better, and it looks better. The same with colour, humour and armour etc.
(See my comment in answer to this as I tried, Heaven knows, I tried to make him happy, but it didn't work!)

We are blessed that the English Language does not ask us to learn very difficult grammar and syntax as in Latin. Remember, Amo, Amas, Amat etc.We just have to learn verb conjugations like

I witter

You witter

We witter

They witter . . . . etc.

I must close now otherwise I shall be accused of wittering or rabitting.

Well I think that is it for now ~ take care ~ Eddie

See what a good job I did here????.........

Blessings each day said...

Arue Youu seurious aubout nout usuing eunough u's? Shoulud euveryone staurt usuing theum reugularly aund wiuth moure freuqency? Thiunk I shaull nautter aubout iut!

A VERY important adjunct to the values of sugar....(Lisa, Michael has had nose bleeds but he says there's NO way he is going to put a spoonful of sugar up his nose!)
Lisa said...
Laughing at all the fun back here in the combox, Marcy! &:o) And love the post -- you sure know how to get my attention! Did you know that a spoonful of sugar will stop most nosebleeds? Strange but true!
Here is Eddie's sad reply to my working so hard to give him enough 'u's.....

Eddie Bluelights said...
Hello Marcy and thank you for 'u' for your interesting if not highly unorthodox reply. I have had this diagnosed by our medics and we are rather concerned because we think you are suffering from a highly contagious disease called 'uphoria' - a derivative of the more widely known Euphoria.

It is quite common when Americans discover they have a 'u' on their keyboards and they usually go bananas putting 'u's everywhere when they realise the letter 'u' has been suppressed for so long.As a matter of extreme precaution I have set out in my Ambulance to attend to you and there is a convoy of us coming over as a matter of urgency.

I am driving a high dependancy vehicle with a padded cell complete with a mental nurse who has a straight jacket for you. We have a police escort and will be on blues all the way. We are sending also a fire engine since we shall be travelling so fast the tyres need hosing every 20 minutes. I have taken the liberty to bring an expert witterer or rabbitting on(er), or natterer so we can continue our lessons for anyone who may be interested.

Listen out for the sirens - we are going like the clappers ~ Eddie
(Now I need to know what clappers are? Does that mean people will be clapping their hands as I am being taken away? It's okay folks, I could use the rest and padded cells have the additional benefit of being able to fall asleep on your feet! I just hope their cough syrup has sugar in it!)

I did find this dock for Angie, but it is leafless. I really am going to research this, though and find these darn leaves!.....

Hopefully these people, who have obviously "mastered" the English language, will make you smile...

Compiled from lyrics of love songs translated into English by ESL (English as a Second Language) students.

From morning’s glaring sun to the smelly afternoon,

You are always inside my lonely brain.

I hope we meet in an accident very soon.

My heart will not stop hemorrhaging for you.

The night you squeezed me I visited heaven.

Your love flies me swiftly into a mountain.

You make my heart sour.

One day, you will startle yourself and say “oh no! Why did I walk the opposite direction of him?

Like the fishes need the ocean beach, I need you.

When you kiss me, you make my blood evaporate.

Your lovely, unwrinkly skin requests my attention

You will always be my lemon moon ray lover.

Politics and Government

The second Word War had much propaganda

*At that time, one of the most important weapons was the rocket lawn chair.
The President got off the plane and gave a big kiss to the first ladder.
The police were attacked by a large group of angry mops.

*The American President is very powerful. For one thing, he chooses the supreme coat judges.


A bottom dweller is a fish that mostly dwells on bottoms.
Do you know what “elevation” means?
Yes. It means we all came from Dinosaur eggs.
Isaac Newton was the first discoverer of gravy.
The ocean is usually located near the coast.
The unihorn is an animal that has always been extinct
We sent some robots to mars but they refused to come back
There are many arguments how was the universe made. Some astrolomers belive in the big band theory.

There are still plenty of fossil fools.
The article said there are only maybe five thousand beers left in B.C. This is a very serious problem… I think maybe we should only let very small people go beer hunting every year.

~~~Thank You Lord for the blessings of these people and the languages we share that are still so different and interesting (even in parts of our own countries).


  1. Brilliant Post, Marcy, I laughed and laughed and laughed and I am still laughing!!
    It is a pity I mis-keyed a few letters in places. I must check more thoroughly before I post comments in future.
    I really enjoyed all this - you are such a good sport - thank you!
    I think you are all great! Eddie x

  2. My bruain is so jumbuled and overstuffed wuth infourmation of thu Engulish launguauge my don't think my knouw ifua I'm couming or gouing...I'um dizzy wiuth alluf thius knouluedge and hiunts frum Maurcy...Heulp Me out uf heur puleese.....UUUUU are toooo fuuuunnnyy Muss Poppuins.

    That's pay back Marcy for filling my brain up.
    That's one lonnnng post...I may need a beer after that! :)

  3. LOL! Laughing and laughing at this post, too -- Just too much fun! Especially laughing, though, at myself. I didn't explain well enough in my comment -- To stop a nosebleed, the spoon full of sugar goes in the mouth, not in the nose -- I wouldn't do that either, Michael!! AGH!

  4. Me again - we do have a sort of 'rooster party' but we call it "a stag night" and it is usually the night before some poor chap commits his life to some female by walking down the aisle to 'get spliced' (married) to her. Note "getting spliced" = "getting married" or "tieing the knot" is another acceptable saying. Nothing wrong with getting married of course but she will never let the poor chap have another party when she has caught him and he is held severely in her iron grip for ever and for ever!

    You say - "so, if someone IS blessed with intelligence, is he as thin as two thick planks?" I reply in English English, "Nonsense - what a load of tosh!" Tosh = Nonsense just in case you wondered. Where did you get your logic Madame? It is totally unsound and very badly floored - or should be!

    Sorry the town should be "Piddletrentide" - spelling was incorrect - my fault.

    Regarding the thingamybob and ugamyflip there is another word which will fit well "what not"

    Just to explain, "to go like the clappers" does equal "to go like a bat out of hell" or uninterestly described as "going rather fast"
    If people clap when they take you away well that is a matter for them.

    Finally, I would like to award Michael with a good strong British handshake for displaying patience, perseverence and long suffering for being constantly bombarded by ridiculous words and phrases totally alien to him - it's like learning another language poor chap - leave him alone!!

    Finally, I shall now leave the stage and let Jackie have a go - I expect she will be next witterer!!

    God bless you all - Eddie

  5. Wanda.....I kan read whut u rote. That's skary...Hi Marcy and villagers. I see that I kan leve 4 onlee a short time and u all start being influence by Mr. Blueshorts...ooops.. Mr. Bluelights...and now all of u R goin to be mixed up. Watch out 4 Eddie. He kan write...and will spare no one in his roast...which will be coming soon. I kan't wate! (I need a dikshunairy.)

  6. Well Marcy, silly old Mr. Bluelights - of COURSE a chap isn't allowed any more parties after his stag party. For goodness sake how much fun can one man stand in a lifetime?

    Almost as wonderful as Piddle Tranthyde is the place near here called Spital in the Street.. True! It's on the A.15 near Lincoln.

    I must confess that "ugamyflip" is a new one to me - maybe it's more of an exotic dialect whereas "thingumybob" is common everywhere.

    Ooh I have had fun today! Just one thing though, you have to call ours English English, not British English because the Scots, Irish and Welsh have their own versions. And that is a story for another day.

    Night night, God Bless,
    love, Angie, xx

  7. ERMA once again you have intrigued and sparked writers to come forth! How fun of a post today! miles of smiles!

  8. Oh Marcy I loved this post, it reminds me of the time many years ago at mom & dads and my older sister was going Christmas shopping the next way with my brother in law from Scotland and as we were all going to bed for the night he asked her "What time did you want me to knock you up? Well the look on my dad's face said it all and us girls laughed so hard, we had to explain the saying to both my dad and my brother in law. We still laugh about it today.
    When my sister's neighbor made her a tablet, I thought is was some kind of pill but it was a tray of fudge. So much fun eh, learning other expressions.
    This was a real treat for me to read today.
    Have a great weekend......:-) Hugs

  9. Hi Marcy

    Some Aussie interpretation:-

    nit wit - we say 'he is as thick as a brick'

    Hens party - we have 'doe' shows and 'bucks' nights

    Piddle - ladies 'wee, pee, tinkle, twinkle' and men 'take a slash, see a man about a dog..., point Percy at the porcelain or test the water temperature to see how cold it is around the bend!'

    Thingamybob - we say 'whatchamacallit'

    Rubbers - we use rubbers for erasing pencil

    Clappers - is it derived from the clapper in a bell, ringing fast. Going like the clappers?

    Just a few observations. I think our different take on language is funny.

    Cheers - Joolz

  10. Great post, Marcy!
    I'm so late today, sorry! I tried coming here earlier but all I got was yesterday's post all morning long, then I had lots of company in the afternoon.
    I have a blinding headache right now and trying to decipher England's English is making it worse!

    In my neck of the woods to 'piddle' means to relieve yourself just as Eddie said.

    Unbelievably, at 8:58 P.M. ~ I AM OFF TO BED!
    Blogger's not behaving again for me anyway! I keep getting thrown off blogs and sometimes can't comment!
    Love you, Poppins!, E

  11. I'm confused, I think I must go piddle! I cannot concentrate when my husband is here. I'm so confused! Help me!

  12. DIANA! Just when you start behaving and acting all normal, I read you with my coffee as usual, and then you go back to your old ways! "I think I must go piddle!"
    Come here this minute and mop up this mess, you pest!
    LOVE IT!

    Poppins, I just came over to wish you a safe and happy trip to visit your Olivia on her Birthday!
    Love YOU TOO!, E

  13. Completely delightful post!
    I have always loved the differences in British English and American English . . . I've learned so much over the years from all over . . . it is so much fun!
    I've used the expression "thick as a whale's omelet" (Black Adder) and "bucketing down" for when it's raining (can't recall where I got that one, but I think it's English).

    Enjoy seeing Olivia!!!

  14. Wait till it's time to master Strine.

    Go ahead - Google it!!

  15. Marcy - Congratulations on David's Post Of The Day - very well done!!! I am so very pleased for you.
    I got one too for something you have not yet seen, called "The Cerne Abbas Giant". Hope to 'see' you soon ~ Eddie

  16. Congrats on the Post of the Day Award! enJOY your day!


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