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What word or spelling should I use? More #Joys of being #International and #Travel
This is a problem that I face constantly in my business and with my blogging. I find that no matter which I go with, I tend to get ‘corrected’ by people. I admit my spelling in general is not the BEST but when you add in so many languages with so many slang terms, idioms and expressions it can be overwhelming!
My British friends and I have spent entire evenings translating words back and forth. Some conversations are better than others and we exchange words even. American English vs British English vs Canadian English vs Australian English! Makes for some lively nights at the pub!
What is your native tongue and how often do you slip into it? Does it make you feel unique or uncomfortable? I usually start all my meetings (both professional and private) with, “Can you understand me?”
But that aside, spelling is even more complex an issue.
If I use the Australian spelling I find US readers tell me that I’m wrong, but if I use the US spelling I get emails from by Aussies buds, the Brits and readers from other countries. #Fail
For example check out:
In Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK its spelt ‘colour’. In the US it’s color and in Canada it’s both. Canada rules!
Or how about words that end with ‘ise’ or ‘ize’. Recognise or Recognize? Analyse or Analyze?
Aluminum or Aluminium
Gray or Grey, Catalogue or Catalog, Center or Centre, Defence or Defense? The list goes on….
What spelling do you use?
I’d be interested to hear how different bloggers approach this. Do you think it makes the blog more difficult to read or more genuine? I tend towards the later. I like to learn new expressions and terms and then throw them in the mix. I don’t often type in French, Spanish, Italian or Japanese, but I do use words from these languages in my every day speaking. #Truth
Languages are so fascinating and complex! So if you see a misspelled word in my writing, please overlook it. I’m sure it's spelled right in SOME dialect or another.
See you at the airport-
Another Friend just died....
One minute he was there and the next he was gone.
Loosing someone like that always gets me to pondering life. We really don't know how much time we have left and why do we waste so much time on unnecessary crap? WHY? I don't know, do you? We should know better by now, yet life, work and family seem to get in the way of our dreams. He had always wanted to travel and never made the time to actually DO IT. We would wistfully speak about traveling when we were children and the last time I was in the states we shared an evening laughing and speaking about it again...He told me some of the places on his Bucket List and when I challenged him to "just go already" he a laundry list of excuses. Now it's too late.
Do you have a bucket List?
And is travel on it? I think for most American's it is a BIG part of the List. We work too long and hard to travel much (Err, I'm not speaking about me, but in general. If you are a regular reader here you know I travel my fair share.) BUT most people don't for whatever reason.
Is Travel on your Bucket List?
If so, why haven't you gone already? Or are you marking things off the list every month? I'd like to hear what you are doing and how.
Mine? Well, I had hopped for 2016 to be the year I explored Asia, but I'm not really sure thats going to happen. So in no particular order--
Here is my Dream Travel List:
5. Cambodia - The temples and lost cites!!
6. Egypt (Would love to see the ruins, but gonna wait till after the war ends.)
7. Madagascar - One word. LEMURS!
8. Maldives -It looks so pretty!
9. Vancouver - The bits of Canada I have explored are so fabulous! I want to see more.
10. Australia - I think it's going to be a lot like Texas.
11. Budapest - It looks creepy cool!
12. Greece - I can't believe I've never been. How did I miss it?
13. Holland - The tulips - OMG? Have you seen the Tulips?
Of Course I also want to RETURN to some familiar places. I love PARIS, New York and Washington State. It goes without saying I must return to London, Scotland, Big Bend, Mesa Verde, Colorado, New Mexico, Norway, Florida, Amsterdam, California, Spain and New Orleans and soon! Plus the entire South of France! Oh and all of Italy! There are so many places that interest me and so much to see and explore. I just found the best place in Paris for Chinese food, I gotta go back soon.
Plus there are so many things to see in each country-
I try every year to go some place new and also revisit my favorite places. I was thinking how fortunate I am to be able to travel as much as I do. But I also don't WAIT, I make the decision to travel and make it happen. If it's important to you, you will find a way.
See you at the airport~
#travel #Traveling, #USA #England #France #Norway #Japan #Bucketlist
Decorations, parties, costumes, haunted houses, etc.. Plus there are special foods and candies... We party all month long and do it up right. #Halloween rocks!
Although I did see one shop had bypassed Halloween altogether and already put out Christmas decorations. #WTF? Too Soon!
What do you do for Halloween? I understand it's getting to be an event in England now too. Maybe next year I shall go research it, but for now I'm glad to be back in Texas.
Although I am already planning the next trip...
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So I was about to drive 45 miles to see a friend and thought I had better check my oil. It was was early morning and I admit to not being fully awake, but I woke up quickly! That's an Opossum under my hood. It was as surprised as I was at the intrusion!
"The word "opossum" is borrowed from the Virginia Algonquian (Powhatan) language, and was first recorded between 1607 and 1611 by the Jamestown colonists John Smith (as "opassom") and William Strachey (as "aposoum"). The word ultimately derives from the Proto-Algonquian word *wa˙p- aʔθemw, meaning "white dog" or "white beast/animal".
They are also commonly called possums, particularly in the Southern United States and Midwest. However, the term "possum" was borrowed into use to describe distantly related Australian marsupials (specifically those of the suborder Phalangeriformes) when Australia became known to Europeans." From Wiki links intact-
But I was able to get the critter out safely. I used a water hose (which just made it growl more) and then went inside and let it climb down on its own.
See you at the airport - I promise to leave the opossum at home.
It's September and it's time to make the crossing again. I was whining and crying about leaving the UK - but the cruise was lovely. We had a wonderful time. The seas were smooth, the food was great and service is always top notch with Cunard. This was our 3 trip to date sailing with them. Read about the first trip here and our trip in January here.
We have made the crossing with other cruise lines, and each has its perks. But for overall calmness Cunard wins hands down. I just like to be left alone- let me lie in the sun, gamble or read. I don't need constant stimulation - I want to relax for God's sake.
This voyage we sailed from Southampton (UK) to New York City (USA).
We lazed out and ate take out while in Southampton. #GoodTimes
And didn't do much else.
The cruise terminal is very organized and there is very little "stand up/wait in line/move one foot and stand in line" like some places I've been. We arrived, dropped bags, checked in, went through security and then boarded. Easy Peasy.
We pushed off and were on our way. Steady sailing to New York.
I walked 2 miles every day and then enjoyed just being on deck. The closer we sailed to American the warmer the weather.
See you at the airport-
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