Tuesday, March 24, 2009

UWOTD

The Ulster Word Of The Day is a VERY common word used around the English speaking world, and even more so in this modern communications-heavy society.

Messages.

The thing is that in Ulster at least, the word messages also means.....groceries/shopping.  

Yeah, we're a crazy, zany, devil-make-care kinda people !  And probably drink too much Guinness.  So lets see a couple of examples shall we ?

"I'm off down the street to get the messages"

or

"Where's mum" ?  "Oh she went into town to get the messages"

And so on.  

It must be much more confusing these days though as modern email and Facebook savvy kids would be wondering why one of their parental units would bother going all the way into town just to pick up her messages. 

Maybe she left her Eee in Tesco !

4 comments:

rhymeswithplague said...

Sausages, you must mean.

ruth said...

Another familiar usage for me. I am not sure where I first heard it, probably Hull.

Or perhaps I actually grew up in Ulster and just don't remember!

Daphne said...

I have heard it before - - but only once or twice and I've always found it Very confusing - - because, basically, it IS confusing!

Jay said...

Oooh, I know this one! Must be all that Rosamunde Pilcher I read.

It did confuse me at first, and rightly so. I mean, how the you-know-what did that phrase come into being? LOL!

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