Friday, February 24, 2006

English as a second language, yet again

Pear-shaped: Americans use it to describe somebody who's fat in the hip region, thin elsewhere.

The British use it to describe something that, through no fault of anyone, turns into a disaster.

(Oddly, this is related to our efforts to get a TV. I won't try to explain, because it's just too complicated.)


Blogger Middle Kid said...

So what, it's like, "It's rather pear-shaped that your 56 inch, plasma screen tv fell off of our ship?"

7:09 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

No, thank God, it was figuring out how to meet with the person who has the TV (we're getting it for free). She kept changing the meeting time for one reason or another and said, "It's become a little pear-shaped." Or words to that effect.

Like we can afford a 56-inch plasma TV, what with me blogging half the day.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Rick the Great said...

OK, I just found you here and i have only one thing to say. you are truely and idiot.

8:49 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

Nice to hear from you, rick.

8:51 AM  

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