Sunday, April 3, 2011
Sunday's Silly Sign (Photo)
My Webster's American Dictionary (1999) which (you've probably already noticed) I hardly ever use, says a crank is a bent lever turned to operate a machine. Do think this place might be selling, used cranks ?
Friends of mine from the UK probably have an Oxford Dictionary in their house but, they moved to a village too far away for me to walk to so, I'm not going to bother them and try to learn a new kind of English.
A few years ago, I taught auto mechanics. We would call a crankshaft, a crank. But, I would never expect anyone to go looking for a used crank if they wanted to repair their car. Buy a new one; they're better.
Well, my friend from the UK and I were having a beer one day and he asked me if I knew of any place he could rent a flat. I thought he was crazy. Why would you pay someone to rent a flat when you can just let the air out of your spare tire and get a flat for free? You could still get around on the tires that weren't flat.
So, he explains. He didn't mean a flat tire. In the UK, a flat is an apartment. Maybe, I shouldn't have joked about it. Then, they might not have moved so far away from me.
There's a new dictionary I look stuff up in sometimes, just in case I ever travel back to the USA. It seems like they just keep inventing new words and slang so, if I don't want to look like a foreigner I have to study-up before I travel. You can check out the Urban Dictionary anytime you want to learn how to talk like an urbanite, I guess. Their definitions for CRANK ARE HERE.
My blog, I try to keep family oriented so, it's heavily censored, mostly by me.
Anyway, back to this Sunday's Silly Sign. What do you suppose they sell in that store ?
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