Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Was there a language barrier?

Funny how two people speaking English sound so very different!

Scottish     = American
biscuit =         cookie
cake =            homemade cookie/quick bread
?? =        biscuit
runners =   tennis shoes
queues ahead =      lines ahead
bonnet      = hood of the car
football    =        soccer
take away =        to go
toilet        = restroom
filtered coffee=     coffee
maths   = math
chips     =   fries
crisps    =    chips
cheers   =    thank you

This doesn't even consider the accent issues.....may brain couldn't handle eves dropping....sounded too much like foreign language, when I really had to communicate I could, at least most of the time.

Not to mention that pedestrians don't have the right of way on the roads and the cars drive on the opposite side of the road...I had no instincts about where to look, but thankfully managed just fine!  Glad I was on foot though!

I went shopping....for some unmentionables that were MUCH cheaper there than here!  These pics are right outside the mall!  

and off course the bagpiper so you don't forget where you are!

7 comments:

Robin said...

The sound of bagpipes echoing down the street on a cool, drizzly Scottish day! I love the sound of pipes more and more as I age. There's a haunting beauty there.

Wool Winder said...

I didn't know take away = to go. I bet you caught on quickly. You're probably already in good practice from living in LA. :)

kadezmom said...

Very cool!!!!!!

Stacy said...

Take away is my favorite.... always makes me happy.

(My word verification word is sweet, kind of like you)

Aunt Kathy said...

Is that a bird on the head of the girl in from of the bagpiper?

Hmm I always thought the Scots called the bathroom the Loo

LizzieK8 said...

Bannock might be the equivalent of biscuit.

Daisy said...

Yeah, my boss is American. It can lead to some confusing conversations...