Wednesday, October 01, 2008
DANISH AND SCOTS... MUTUALLY COMPREHENSIBLE DEPENDING ON YOUR GENERATION
We were walking through Whinfell forest in Cumbria on Saturday when a cute little bunny jumped out from behind a bush (Thomas assures me it was cute - I am fairly indifferent to bunnies in general, except perhaps in stew, he seems to think they make better pets than stews...) Anyway Thomas pointed at it and said to Léon: Kan du klappe kaninen? Without a second thought I immediately understood Léon was to pat the rabbit. My old Gramps would probably have said something like:Gie the wee rabbit a clap, hen when I was three... but kids don't hear as much Scots these days, not in boring old Newton Mearns anyway. So Léon looked extremely dubiously at Thomas, then me, as if asking my opinion. I smiled, so he took that to mean it was ok... slowly he brought his little hands together and applauded a very surprised little rabbit, looking equally puzzled about the things us adults suggest sometimes!