Thursday, September 18, 2008

What's Happening To Me???

Today I found myself making reference to the 'rubbish bin'. Then I paused and actually had to think really, really hard about what I used to call the bin -- the garbage can.

Oh my goodness, I've gone International English. What's next, petrol and car boots and going to the cinema to watch a film after going to the shops? Am I wearing pants underneath my trousers, or did I forget my underwear which I wear under my pants? Did BG crash the rental car or the hire car? Do I have a mobile or a cell phone? Is it dinner at six thirty, or supper at half six? Did I just eat a whole bar of chocolate, or was it a slab? (Let me tell you, the slab of chocolate sounds way worse.) Did my strawberries come in a container or a punnet? Do I have to do the laundry or the washing? There's nothing on TV, or is it the telly?

This reminds me of the time I bought a can of 'tomato sauce' in Australia, and it turned out to be ketchup. First of all, who puts ketchup in a can? Second, ketchup is ketchup and tomato sauce is for pasta or pizza.

Also, it's raining. Again.


Gustavo said...

The good thing about being international (which is my case) is that you do not have to commit to local standards of language use. I can safely use "mate" and "dude" in the same sentence without getting any dirty looks :)

Wendy said...

This is a cute entry! I really like it! :)

Anonymous said...

I hope you haven't started calling trucks "lorries" yet! :)

Laurie G.

C and J said...

I'm SO enjoying your blog, especially the penguin entries! I'm so glad you're enjoying yourself.
Miss you lots!