Saturday, January 13, 2007


I only realised yesterday that I've been tagged by Liz to do the "5 THINGS YOU [PROBABLY] DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ME" thing:

1. I was adopted at the age of 9 months. Yes, I do have, and have always had, information about my biological parents and no, I've never tried to find them. Note that I said "biological", not "real". My real parents were the 2 wonderful people who brought me up.
2. I fell desperately and hopelessly in love with the milkman's son when I was 14 and I don't think I ever got over it.
3. I swear like a trooper - in private and in company when I know I can get away with it. Being able to let rip in this way is one of the things I miss here.
4. I once got my teaching timetable muddled up and delivered a whole lesson in Spanish when it should have been in French. Not one student noticed.
5. I spend more on make-up then I do on clothes.

I don't tag.


Unknown said...

I love it...teaching the French class a Spanish lesson and no one noticed! :-)

Lee said...

Thank God! I used to be pretty good in the non-swearing department...until, that is, I began working in the hospitality industry...and more particularly when I start cooking in the restaurant trade! Now, I will defy anyone not to become adept in the use of expletives after that! Saying 'Oh! Dear! I've burnt myself' or "Oh! Gee Whizz! Look I've just sliced off the top of my finger!" doesn't quite do it! ;)

So, I, too, curse...frequently...sometimes there is other descriptive way to express a situation!!

Love the Spanish lesson! lol

Shades said...

Swearing isn't big or clever- unless done with impeccible timing, of course , for comic effect.

I can see why you have to avoid it in print though with your job.

I have met youngsters who use swearing as a means of punctuation which is ironic when you see their written work...

There is something floating around called the Pornalizer, that re-writes sites in the style of ...

Maybe what we need is a swearalizer.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Ciao, Lee. Agree there are some situations in which only an expletive - or six! - will do. Lol.

Colin Campbell said...

We have a swear jar in our house, which has really made a difference for the kids, who had begun to aggressively experiment with risque words and phrases. Funny that they used exactly the same ones that we did, along with a few from school.

Allelujah Amen to Tag Free Zone. Perhaps we can get one of those badges made up.

Anonymous said...

How many languages do you swear in? What do the Italians make of it.

I'm glad you had wonderful adoptive parents. I've just had dinner tonight with friends who adopted two children then had two themselves.They are a very close family, all treated equally.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Ciao,Ellee. Probably about 6 and naturally in 3 of those. Nice to hear about that lovely family.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the true mark of fluency a genuine expletive in a non-native language?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks, Gary. Ian g, I don't think it's clever, either but I just do it. I know what you mean about kids using an expletive every other word, though. Colin, I once had a very difficult class as my "form" and of course you were held responsible for whatever they did, even though you weren't teaching any of them at the time. So I had the bright idea of having a swearbox - 1p a swear - at registration and form period and the money would go to charity at the end of the year. I'd also charge them for any other swearing they'd done in school that I got to hear about. Of course they all used to "swear in advance" and write IOUs but at the end of the year we raised more money than anybody. But then the poor Headteacher had to praise us in assembly and everybody knew how we'd done it!
Ian, I don't know that it's a mark of fluency as some people [particularly kids, as is natural] only want to learn the swearwords! Probably a mark of fluency is what language you instinctively call for "help" in.


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