We're back! And very, very jet-lagged. England is seven hours ahead so even though it's just after lunch-time here in Utah, my body thinks it's close to bedtime. Good thing I have Diet Pepsi to keep me going.
Oh, the pictures I have to share with you! But not right now. See, everyday we would empty the memory stick on the camera onto the Man's laptop, otherwise I would have had to stop taking pictures after the second day. And currently the laptop is with the Man at work. So no pictures. SORRY! I will try to make up for it by providing y'all with a list of helpful British terms that might come in handy. I first started this list after a conversation with a Brit that went something like this:
Graham, having finished unloading a rolling cage dolly, proceeds to skate with it across the room, proclaiming: "I finally got me zimmer frame!"
Me and the Man: (blank look)
Graham: You know, a zimmer frame.
Me and the Man: (blanker look)
Graham: Like what old people use to get about.
The Man: You mean a walker?
Graham: Yes! Like a walker!
Graham: The joke's not funny if you have to explain it.
So here are some terms you might find useful on your trip to the United Kingdom.
Zimmer Frame: a walker. In a sentence "I finally got me zimmer frame!"
Knackered: very tired, worn out. In a sentence "Flying home from London has left me feeling knackered." (corrected per Roz!)
Pins: legs, usually a woman's shapely legs. In a sentence "Look at the pins on her! They must go on for kilometers!"
Kit: stuff, more of a derogatory term, like crud. "I left my kit all over the room. It was a mess."
Wags: acronym for 'wives and girlfriends' of soccer/football players. "Posh Spice is queen of the wags."
Loo: the bathroom. "After all those drinks, I am in desperate need of a loo."
Lift: an elevator. "We took the lift to third floor."
Copper: a police officer. "The copper ran past me in the Tube."
Tube: the underground transportation system, or train. "The doors on the Tube nearly took off my arm." (True story.)
Subway: the underground walkway used by pedestrians to cross busy intersections. "We took the subway under the street to avoid the crazy taxi drivers." (Also true!)
Mobiles: a cell phone. "My mobile gets no signal on the Tube."
Footie: the game of soccer, or football. "If it weren't for my wag friends, I'd never understand footie."
Sweeties: candies. "I should stop eating all these sweeties if I ever want nice pins."
Quid: money, the British equivalent to saying bucks instead of dollars. "No way am I paying 20 quid to fix Grandma's zimmer frame."
Half: used in telling time, means 30 minutes past the hour. "I'll meet you at the subway by half five."
Rocket: a type of lettuce that looks an awful lot like the leaves on dandelions. "This sandwich has far too much rocket on it!"
Busker: a street performer, usually musical. "That busker had such nice pins, I gave her a quid."
Anyone else know one that should be on the list?
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