Posted by: Noni | August 2, 2010

Kicking the habit. Simple rules to clean up your act.

Kicking the habit. Simple rules to clean up your act.

Yesterday was a holiday for British Columbians, BC Day, so in typical traditional manner I celebrated by attending a BBQ.  Two things that satisfy my hunger,  good food and good conversation.  Yesterday provided a smörgåsbord of both.

smor·gas·bord

[smawr-guhs-bawrd, -bohrd or, often, shmawr-]

1. a buffet meal of various hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, salads,
casserole dishes, meats, cheeses, etc.

2. an extensive array or variety: The company has a smorgasbord of employee benefits.

Origin:
1915–20;  < Sweden –  smörgsbord,  equiv. to smörgs  sandwich + bord table

I ATE LIKE A HORSE!

I ate like a horse!

Now that doesn’t mean that I stood in the grass and ripped out the blades with my teeth… it means I ate a lot.  And I did!  BC salmon, chicken, ribs, steak, (all from the BBQ) green, potato, pasta and bean salads… garlic bread (shameful carbs) and cake with berries and ice cream for desert.

As for conversation; it stimulated my intellect just as effectively as the aromas piqued my appetite.  I was fortunate to engage in a hearty chat with one woman in particular and we shared idioms and expressions that both amuse and baffle those who learn English as a second language.  While keeping an eye out may make perfect sense to someone born and raised in an English speaking household, it sounds confusing and gruesome to those unfamiliar with the expression.  Gerda Wever, PhD, CEO The Write Room speaks six languages and uses her knowledge to correct the misuse and overuse of words of others.  She’s posted some helpful writing tips which are useful to both novices and pros alike.

I’ll use her third tip and end here for today… Less is More…

PS – Don’t forget to check out the Compassion Quote page for new entries.

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