Archive for April, 2008

Language memage

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

OK, this is going to be a strange mix.

WHAT DO YOU CALL:

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
A stream.

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called.
A trolley or a cart. Depends if the back wheels swivel or not…

3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
I suppose a lunchbox? I never had a metal one.

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
A frying pan.

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
A couch, a sofa or a settee.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
The gutter and the drainpipe.

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.
The patio, but it’s not covered. Maybe the back porch or the verandah. These are learned terms though.

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
Soda. Soft drinks if I’m distinguishing from alcoholic.

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.
A pancake.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
Probably a baguette. Or a sub.

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
Shorts? Swimming shorts?

12. Shoes worn for sports.
Trainers.

13. Putting a room in order.
Tidying.

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
A firefly.

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
A woodlouse isn’t an insect.

16. The children’s playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down.
A seesaw.

17. How do you eat your pizza?
With a knife and fork.

18. What’s it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
A yard sale.

19. What’s the evening meal?
Dinner.

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
The basement. And it’s a playroom or den.

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
A bubbler. (Or an “Alan”).