"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Thursday, August 08, 2013

A conversation to cringe at

Overheard in a shop this morning, this exchange between two young shop assistants - and with apologies to my Canadian friend Dale:

Girl 1: Look, there's a foreign coin here - a cent. American is it?
Girl 2: Nah, it's from Canada.
Girl 1: Oh, how do you know that, then?
Girl 2: Look, it says Canada on it.
Girl 1: Canada. So where's that?  It's America, isn't it?
Girl 2: (uncertainly) No, I don't think so... it's somewhere over there.
Girl 1: But it's not abroad, is it? It's not foreign like?
Girl 2: Well, I think it is...
Girl 1: But it's British, though, isn't it?
(Girl 1's reply was inaudible, as was my gasp of disbelief!)




13 comments:

  1. And I thought it was Americans that suffered from a lack of geographical knowledge.

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  2. I'm not that surprised, sadly. xx

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    1. No, I suppose I'm not either really, Flighty. :(

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  3. GIRL 1 What are doing - eaves-dropping?
    JENNY No I...
    GIRL 2 It's frigging rude that listening in to other people's conversations!
    GIRL 1 Hang on! Weren't you in 'ere last week?
    JENNY No I...
    GIRL 2 It's 'er Myfanwy! We got you on CCTV, nicking biscuits!
    JENNY No I...
    GIRL 1 You're right Blodwyn! Custard creams they was!
    GIRL 2 You 'old 'er Myfanwy while I phone the cops!
    JENNY Gerroff! You're hurting me! Boo-hoo!

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  4. Once a in blue moon here they will do one of those things where they interview people on the street to see how much they know about current events and such. Used to be there were a lot of people who didn't know the answers. Now there are lots of people who don't understand the questions.

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    1. That about sums it up, David. It seems to be the same everywhere.

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  5. Bleedin' sad, innit? Cor!

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    1. Nice bit of cockney there, Dale.:)

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  6. Isn't Canada somewhere north of the Yorkshire moors.... I think that's where it is. They use a funny language too!

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    1. I'll leave you to slug that one out with Dale, YP. :)

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  7. I began to wonder if I wanted to know the end of the conversation. How utterly awful. What a demonstration of appalling ignorance. How old were these benighted individuals?

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