Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I thought we both spoke English

Champs Heathen: Thanks, and could I also get a packet for that…

Aussie Sales woman: A wha’??

CH: A packet.

ASW: A wha’??

CH: A pac. ket. A…uh…. Welll… A….bugger… A… [Blank Stare]

ASW: [Blank Stare]

CH: [Blank stare]

ASW: Oh, a bag!!??!



Cam said...

Champs did they make you pay for it? Packets are expensive these days :)

Cam said...

Ps. I finally added you to my b(l)ogroll.

Champagne Heathen said...

Cam - Aaah! Thanks! Much obliged!
As for packets... bags... those plastic things for transporting goods by hand...they are as free as a bird! And they think they're developed!

Caz said...

i had the same thing in the states. asked for a packet and she was stumped and kept talking louder and louder to me as if I was deaf or doff.
Appar packets is an SA thing. who knew.

Champagne Heathen said...

Caz, this is all brand new info to me. I think they need to hands South Africans a book on words that other people will not understand, with useful alternatives, when we leave Oli Tambo each time!