2011年9月11日日曜日

miscommunication 2

Meg had something special for dessert in her school lunch.

She told me it was fruit ponch.

I said she probably meant fruit punch.

Nope, definitely fruit ponch.

Honey, I think it's from English and it's fruit punch.

Nope. She wasn't having a bar of it so we went to the arbiter of all language disputes in the house- K.

K- it's fruit punch isn't it?

Yes.

No Daddy, we definitely had fruit pOnch.

Oh. Of course! Meg wouldn't have pUnch. She'd have fruit pOnch.

What? You just said it was pUnch.

No, it's only pUnch if it's alcoholic. If it's just juice it's pOnch.

What?

It's English. You know that, right?

Yeah mummy.

No. It's not English. It's fruit punch or alcoholic punch. It's never pOnch.

The both looked at me pityingly and K suggested:

Maybe it's your accent, I bet if you ask a North American they'd tell you it's punch and ponch.

That's right, now I'm getting English tips from an engineer who used English class to catch up on sleep and an eight year old who swears up and down that you spell sheep cep.

Sheeesh!


6 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

If it helps at all. We say punch too Heather, so I'm with ya. : )

Xana さんのコメント...

Punch. And I'm from Connecticut, about as close as you get to New York Standard (US national newscaster accent). And hotdogs or sausages on bread, ok, but with seaweed?!? Ewww. Definitely think they need to defer to your superior judgement in everything.

Bryn さんのコメント...

pUnch is the stuff you drink, not matter the contents. pOnch in the flab round your middle (well, at least around MY middle). Or pOnch is the cuter partner on CHiPS (did you have that show in Oz?).

thefukases さんのコメント...

Thanks guys! I was 99.9% sure I was right but.... It's like in katakana you write the glass in a window and the glass you drink out of differently- garasu and gurasu. I have astounded many a student by explaining they are exactly the same in English.

And Bryn- I call the bulge around the middle paunch so that just confuses things even more! Not sure if we had CHiPS... don't recall it but I didn't watch a lot of tv as a kid.

Xana さんのコメント...
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Xana さんのコメント...

And then there is a ponchO which is what we need to be wearing in Gifu right now.