Saturday, December 25, 2010

I Don't Get It

This is a quickie for those of you who are not a native English speaker. I use a lot of slang, idioms, and other word play in my titles and often in the posts themselves. Even if you are a native English speaker, you may miss the reference due to our age differences or just experiences. In any case, if you are not 'getting something', there is something you just don't understand, don't hesitate to drop me an e-mail at

Our Hungarian friend Anna, who I have referred to as our guardian angel, sent me a note about one of my Christmas posts. She did not understand why I would not sing a particular song in Budapest. She as an English teacher has done so often. The song included "let it snow, let it snow, let it snow". The humor that was I was trying to convey was if I sang the song, I may bring bad luck for our trip by getting snow in Budapest, therefore delaying or canceling our flight. 

Another post title that may confuse some is the "Must Dew". We Americans commonly write out a list of things that we need to remember. These are called "To Do" lists or "Must Do" lists. Must or musty also means that something is smelling or tasting old, stale, or moldy. Dew is when water droplets form from the moisture in the air, usually at night,  and form onto cool surfaces. In bathrooms or rooms of a house where there is a concentration of moisture like a tub or shower, it creates water droplets, which in turn cause musty smells and mold.
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