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Words Strung Together in New Ways

I have a wonderful friend – she speaks English fluently, but it is her second language. Every now and then, she will say something that gives me a grin. It’s not because what she say is funny, but because I truly love language and words, and she strings words together in new ways, and when you put words together in new ways, you think new thoughts.

The first was Christmas “wrath”. She caught me totally by surprise. I knew what she meant, Christmas wreath, but the image of Christmas wrath totally caught my imagination. Holidays are volatile. Christmas wrath happens. I imagine Ramadan wrath happens, and Eid wrath. I think I laughed, not because I would ever make fun of her – I wouldn’t. After all, we are speaking English, not French, and I know how amusing the French find it when I speak French. This woman is way ahead of me.

Yesterday, she mentioned having a “pitch” in her stomach. I couldn’t help it. I grinned. She knew immediately, and asked, so I told her that we say “pit” but the truth is – when things are out of control and your stomach registers fear, it is as likely to pitch as it is to have a pit. I love the imagery.

Forgive me if I grin when you (very rarely) use the wrong word. I am not mocking you. I am smiling in delight at the new way you have put words together, that give me images I would not otherwise have had. And I look forward to all the future occasions when you will delight me with new concepts, new words strung together. 🙂

February 19, 2009 Posted by | Adventure, ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, Humor, Interconnected, Language, Relationships, Words | 8 Comments

A New Day


We groaned as the alarm went off – too early – this morning, but AdventureMan had a full plate and needed to get an early start. I also got an early start, and even caught a breath of fresh air, out on the balcony this morning snapping the sunrise.

I wish you all a great weekend! 🙂

February 19, 2009 Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, sunrise series, Weather | 2 Comments