Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Kym Hamer Got Lost in UK English

Lady in RedImage by Gustavo (lu7frb) via Flickr

 I recently joined SeededBuzz so I can help the blog along.
Digging around, I found Kym Hamer's writing, specifically Lost in Translation. She's from Australia, and speaks "Australian English," important to what I'll quote here, and has a crisp writing style.
Here's something new to me, from Lost in Translation:

"... when the English say 'It was quite good', what they mean is 'I was mildly disappointed'."

As a speaker of American English, I wish I'd known that when I lived in Switzerland and went around with  British friends! Now I'm trying to remember when, or if, anyone told me I did something that was "quite good" - and I was thrilled!

Bye for now: G'day, Gidday. Have a good day!

(c) 2011 Opinari and Jean Purcell {OWN} Quote with attribution.
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the comments Jean. Always nice to know my sharing stuff makes a little difference, even if it was too late to help you in Switzerland!