By Anita Ring – Pilot Butte, Sask.
The English language is estimated to contain over 600,000 words, with new words coined every year – making it a difficult language to master.
Imagine the problems our foreign-born ancestors had in learning this language. Some of the choice of words to express themselves were humourous, convoluted, or charming.
Long before electrical power came to our community, one of our neighbours was asked by his wife to purchase an eggbeater – not really the correct name – so he asked the clerk for an “egg fighter”.
With appropriate actions, he finally got his product.
Our elderly friend who was recovering from a severe cold told me: “It was so bad, I could hardly breed.”
My little mother announced to my brother that she had fed the bull in the barn, so he wouldn’t need to do that. Her words were: “I threw the bull down some hay.”
Once, at a butcher shop I asked for chicken bosoms. “Oh, do you mean ‘chicken breasts?’” asked a puzzled butcher.