A purely personal post from Graham Ellis
Lisa and Graham live in Melksham, Wiltshire, England

Search for:
Home Accessibility Our Courses Our Hotel The Mouth Chamber Resources Trains! About Us Contact
If I say 'I am fine', what do I mean?

What comes after breakfast and lunch? ... a question I asked on Friday's Perl course; rather than a straightforward answer, I was invited to choose between tea and dinner. And having selected "tea" and asked of what it might consist, I was reminded that tea is a very different meal in different parts of the UK ...

Last night, I'm ashamed to admit I was watching a very old edition of "Family fortunes". The contestants had to name 6 ways of saying "it is cold" as chosen by the studio audience; I came up with "nippy" but overlooked "parky" which I should have known, bearing in mind my more northern roots. But there you go; I was probably far closer to the mark than others I live and work with who - by contrast - would have come up with American or Polish terms far better than I could even hope to do.

Working in a company / living in company where my slant on English is not necessarily everyone else's, I have to ensure that I talk clearly at times and remember that certain words have - err - different levels, especially adjectives representing degrees of quality. Let's have a scale of five levels, should we?

The tops!Magic, Excellent, Wow
 Great, Cool
 Fine, Good
 OK, Acceptable
Oh Dear!Rubbish, Poor, Unsatisfactory


There's a lovely smell coming from the kitchen so I'm going to cut off and grab some brekkies. Perhaps I should come back and quantify "lovely" a little later?
(written 2007-06-23, updated 2007-06-25)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
Z800 - Whimsy
  [4067] The woman, the television, the bullock and Darlington - (2013-04-23)
  [3922] Twerp - A person regarded as insignificant and contemptible - (2012-11-12)
  [3912] Sand to Arabia, Coals to Newcastle or Woodburners to Russia - (2012-11-04)
  [3868] How to make an ohno cake - (2012-09-23)
  [3851] Who is this? Picture Puzzle - (2012-08-28)
  [3738] Adoptive homes sought for abandoned babies - (2012-05-20)
  [3462] Hangers, luggage and possessions - (2011-10-01)
  [3369] Local Council leads bans on many activities - (2011-07-24)
  [3288] Random Questions ... - (2011-05-14)
  [3226] A busy morning for railway announcements - (2011-04-01)
  [3223] Answering at my earliest convenience - (2011-03-29)
  [3215] Solution looking for problem - (2011-03-27)
  [3203] Melksham Town Council announces ... - (2011-03-16)
  [3030] Liquorice allsorts and Dolly Mixtures - (2010-11-05)
  [2945] Last, final, etc - (2010-09-04)
  [2676] Changing Times - (2010-03-13)
  [2626] On Malachite Green - (2010-02-06)
  [2542] My armpit was like a zebra crossing - (2009-12-19)
  [2496] A better design of mouth - (2009-11-07)
  [2397] Signwriting is dead. Long live the sign. - (2009-09-06)
  [2256] Is it Python past cheetah already? - (2009-06-24)
  [2251] Over a third of numbers start with the digit 1 - (2009-06-19)
  [2250] Bluegrass comes to Melksham - (2009-06-19)
  [2180] Patterns in numbers - room occupancy - (2009-05-13)
  [2157] From the 51773 family - (2009-05-04)
  [2152] My four feet! - (2009-05-01)
  [2143] Throughout the year, around the world - (2009-04-27)
  [2138] Ski bore ... train bore ... dog bore - (2009-04-24)
  [2131] Patterns in street names - (2009-04-17)
  [2127] Call in the professionals! - (2009-04-12)
  [2108] Funny Amusing, Funny Amazing and The Smarts - (2009-03-29)
  [2089] The Longest Day - Wednesday, 28th September - (2009-03-18)
  [2050] Why the Pony Tail? - (2009-02-21)
  [2028] Things people say on the phone - (2009-02-06)
  [2009] The Royal Mail Receipt - (2009-01-26)
  [1988] Melksham, Wiltshire. Town Crier Competition, 2009 - (2009-01-11)
  [1980] Michelle - (2009-01-06)
  [1977] Going round the block - (2009-01-04)
  [1952] Small Print - (2008-12-19)
  [1886] Keys to friendless churches - (2008-11-15)
  [1662] Westonbirt Arboretum Postcode - (2008-05-31)
  [1604] M25 / South Mimms Service Area - (2008-04-07)
  [1440] Useful command or messy screen? - (2007-11-21)
  [1171] Traffic light control for horses - (2007-05-01)
  [1167] Leaning tower of Cheeser - (2007-04-28)
  [1075] I'm not the father - (2007-02-11)
  [973] Too much used to Skype - (2006-12-08)
  [892] A pattern in change - (2006-10-12)
  [850] Lighter moments - (2006-08-31)
  [807] Telling large from small - (2006-07-18)
  [784] Which way to turn? - (2006-06-28)
  [761] Great new inventions - (2006-06-14)
  [758] Very good for woodlice - (2006-06-12)
  [701] Minature Cyclists only - limited headroom - (2006-04-27)
  [689] The call of nature - (2006-04-18)
  [661] Dressed up for a phone call - (2006-03-29)
  [610] Need a hankie - (2006-02-16)
  [568] NB ''Aspiration'' - (2006-01-18)
  [547] Taking the dog for a walk - (2005-12-29)
  [520] Three life changing comments - (2005-12-07)
  [395] Making Orangutangs - (2005-07-28)
  [346] No Smoking Pubs - (2005-06-13)
  [331] 08:45 is a difficult time - (2005-05-31)
  [300] Dentist's Waiting Room Syndrome - (2005-05-04)
  [156] Signage - (2004-12-18)
  [151] Coffee Standards - (2004-12-14)
  [94] Special change - (2004-10-20)
  [69] John Toner - (2004-10-01)
  [44] Serious subject - (2004-09-10)
  [39] A Change is as good as a rest - (2004-09-05)
  [24] Impossible terms - (2004-08-22)


Back to
Fancy going to Glastonbury?
Previous and next
or
Horse's mouth home
Forward to
Speaking at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University
Some other Articles
Ensuring that our tutor answers YOUR questions
FolksFest Bristol - German beer, Bratwurst and music
Heavy duty hole punch
Speaking at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University
If I say 'I am fine', what do I mean?
Fancy going to Glastonbury?
End of File on a Java BufferedReader
The kind spirit of Melksham
What proportion of our web traffic is robots?
Trying things in Python
4279 posts, page by page
Link to page ... 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86 at 50 posts per page


This is a page archived from The Horse's Mouth at http://www.wellho.net/horse/ - the diary and writings of Graham Ellis. Every attempt was made to provide current information at the time the page was written, but things do move forward in our business - new software releases, price changes, new techniques. Please check back via our main site for current courses, prices, versions, etc - any mention of a price in "The Horse's Mouth" cannot be taken as an offer to supply at that price.

Link to Ezine home page (for reading).
Link to Blogging home page (to add comments).

You can Add a comment or ranking to this page

© WELL HOUSE CONSULTANTS LTD., 2014: Well House Manor • 48 Spa Road • Melksham, Wiltshire • United Kingdom • SN12 7NY
PH: 01144 1225 708225 • FAX: 01144 1225 899360 • EMAIL: info@wellho.net • WEB: http://www.wellho.net • SKYPE: wellho

PAGE: http://www.wellho.net/mouth/1241_If- ... mean-.html • PAGE BUILT: Sun Mar 30 15:20:58 2014 • BUILD SYSTEM: WomanWithCat