An Australian-Canadian Dictionary

Seriously — this blog cracks me up!! The content varies wildly but the writing is so funny. I told her if she can’t make the whole orthopedic surgery thing work out she should do stand up comedy. She would have people rolling in the aisles. It’s heaps funnier than mine (haha — I just wanted to use the word heaps) so “cheers” for now.

Have Bone-Saw, Will Travel

The brainchild of one Jaime Rapko.

I should apologize in advance, because I am an incurable language thief. I remember somebody in highschool once voting against(who does that. seriously) watching Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure “because we’ll have to listen to Deirdre talk like that for three weeks.” It was meant unkindly, but it was true. And if a two-hour film can do that to me, imagine what a year living away will do… I’ve been acquiring interesting turns of phrase from both Ethiopian and Australian English and am choosing to pepper my regular speech with them. I can’t wait to figure out where I’m going next, and what version of English I’ll be ransacking after this… It’s going to get so nobody can figure out where I’m from. Or understand me, probably.

So here you go. A guide to some of the words I’m stealing. And some of…

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Roy’s War Story

…. and in the setting of the sun we will remember them….

As a youngster he seemed like a quiet reserved man who went about his own business. His family always sat in the same row at church and his children were well behaved. His demeanor, in the eyes of my childhood, hid his real story which you can hear at Roy’s story. It’s long but very well done and worth the view.

This is a different end to the

11 days — 11 stories 

Acts of Remembrance 

than I had planned but felt it was a good last minute pinch hit. Impressive work that one of my childhood friends has done to capture this story.