Friday, May 08, 2009

Cultural surprises

I have an Aussie couch surfer staying with me for a few days and I really like her.

Here are some reasons why:
She says the letter "H" like "haich". It's funny cool.
She uses the term "gift box" for a girl's down-belows.
She didn't know what a pearl necklace meant, other than a piece of jewelry and I got to explain it to her.
She said she was wearing "runners" (her shoes!)
She was a great teammate last night in a winning game of pool against a Brit and a big scary dude in a dive bar.

And finally, she's convinced me to muck up work or something and go get a mani/pedi right now.

All hail Australians!


the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

One of my grad school professors was an Aussie. When we were talking about changes in enthalpy (bear with me), he would use the terms "delter haitch" in order to talk about the equation.

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

Hahaha! Sounds like you guys are having a blast.

gullybogan said...

On behalf of all Aussies everywhere, thank you for all hailing us.

BTW, the "haitch" thing is non-universal here. Supposively, if you were brought up Catholic you say it one way, and if you were brought up otherwise you say it t'other. The Irish nuns brought their pronunciation with them, apparently, and taught it to the Catholic kids.

I can never remember which way around it's supposed to be, but i say 'aitch' (i'm nonCatholic) and Princess says 'haitch' (she's Catholic), so that may be how it goes.

Scotty said...

gift boxI have never heard that one!

Rassles said...

She sounds funny cool.

I've always wanted to do the whole couch surfing thing.

The Ambiguous Blob said...

MJenks, Enthalpy is rad... I bet.

Tee, We are!

Gully, So I brought up your H thoughts with her and she's not Catholic. Nor did she attend Catholic school- AND she said she gets corrected all the time even in AU for the way she says it. But based on your input, I've half-convinced her that she spent time with undercover nuns as a child.

Scotty, It's original and wonderful.

Rassles, I highly recommend couchsurfing if you're the type of person that enjoys spending time with strangers and getting to know people from all around the world. I've met so many incredible people through the CS community!