Me Through The Alphabet 5 (U - Z)
March 31, 2017 2:53pm CST
U - Underground I suffer from claustrophobia. When I'm in a city with a tube/underground trains, I can only do so by hypnotising myself. If I reflected on what I was doing, I'd never get in. The confined space! The crowds! The heat! The stink! V - Vinegar For salads I only take Balsamic Vinegar from Modena, Italy, together with olive oil. After washing and conditioning my hair I rinse it with water and apple vinegar to make it shiny. W - Weser I lived on the banks of the Lower Weser river, the stretch between Bremen and Bremerhaven where it flows into the North Sea. As much as I disliked PE I loved paddling in my folding canoe up and down the river (I wrote a post on it). I used to dream of the landscape when I had left the area to go to study in Heidelberg in the south of the country. X - Xanten The only German town whose name begins with an X. The Romans founded it on the Lower Rhine more than 2000 years ago. I haven't been there and will never go. So there. Y - Yeah! British members scolded me once for writing a word the American way. I had reviewed an American novel and used the spelling of the book, but I should have 'translated' it into British English. Ah, well, the Brits will have to come to terms with the sad (?!) fact that American English will win globally if it hasn't done so already. Firstly, take onto consideration the number of speakers in the USA, secondly the economic and political power of the USA, thirdly the number of non-English speaking countries (not the former British colonies) which use English for their foreign affairs. It's American English they use because they orientate themselves towards the more powerful partner and also because it's easier to learn. I prefer British English because I learnt it at school and know it better. Z - Zebra *I* know how many black stripes a zebra has on one side from snout (or is it muzzle?) to tail. Do you, too? Some years ago I composed a quiz for the nearby zoo for 10-year-old pupils. One of the questions was about the stripes of zebras. The children always got more or less the same results. I won't tell you, though. Go and count yourselves! ----- If you're interested in the other instalments, click on the green box above the title. ----- Pic from pixabay
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• United Kingdom
31 Mar 17
I used to rinse my hair in vinegar until I met an old friend and she joked "And your hair used to smell awful from that vinegar!". She assumed that it was just a phase for me, and I've never used it since. I accept American English, but of course British English is the correct version.
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• United States
31 Mar 17
The next time I encounter a zebra while walking about in the arid grasslands of Ethiopia, I will count how many black stripes a zebra has from snout to tail. You really did grow up in a lovely area and the chance to use that folding canoe! I will through Xanten into conversation now so that I sound much smarter than I actually am. Thank you.
1 Apr 17
I have always used vinegar to rinse my hair, I will always use. My Mom is from Modena, I use Balsamic vinegar too. Last night I had a bad attack of claustrophobia, I do not know for which reason I thought to a movie where a girl was buried alive... well I have to go out to breath.
6 Apr 17
I can't remember which word it was. There's a *very* long list. Have a look: Then there's another long list of different words for the same thing, like lift/elevator; flat/apartment and so on.
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3 Apr 17
Don't you know these? We used to fold our boats and go by train to wherever we wanted to start our tour. Then we paddled downstream for several days as far as we wanted to go, packed up again and returned home. We took our tents and everything we needed in the boats with us. I'm sending you a link. The text is in German but you can look at the photos. Scroll down the page.
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• Walnut Creek, California
8 Apr 17
Good point about American English. I worry more about the vulgarity that is American culture more than the language, though. I do like the colour and flavour of British English. Hmm. Why am I seeing red lines beneath some of my words?
8 Apr 17
Your auto correction thingy is overzealous. I have an American spelling corrector which tells me all the time that I've got typos in my text. Hah! I haven't got typos but use the correct British English spelling. It's logical that you can anger your spell check with words like colour and flavour!
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Apr 17
I never knew there was a set number of stripes on a zebra, now that is interesting and I learned something, and the fact you are claustrophobic. And here I thought most people wrote in the English manner. Lots of valuable information. Thank you.
• Laguna Woods, California
9 Apr 17
@MALUSE - Of course, without an accent, it is impossible to tell in writing. However, I have not noticed many completely British expressions in your writing, so it appears to be American English when I read it.
9 Apr 17
@DeborahDiane I avoid typical British expressions to make American members happy or write both BE and AE like flat/apartment, lift/elevator or loo/bathroom. No, to be honest, I choose the term 'toilet' because I find 'bathroom' so ridiculous. The Puritan heritage of the USA! I love the sentence: "He went to the bathroom behind a bush." I'm glad that we don't have this problem in German.