Time to wind down

Time to put up your feet, let your hair down (if it’s long enough) and enjoy the wind down towards Christmas time. I thought for this week I would share a few things that would hopefully bring a smile and maybe even a laugh or two!

The most odd thing

One day at work this past year, I walked into the ladie’s bathroom, opened a cubicle only to find this:

Yes, a cucumber wrapper from Woolworths. The expiry date was in the future so it really wasn’t old. It was fresh and only the wrapper remained. Who on earth would go to the bathroom with a cucumber?! I’m certainly not going to share my thoughts on this one, but will leave this explanation totally up to you!

The most ingenious cost effective idea

I couldn’t help but have a little giggle at this one. You know when you have worn in that pair of shoes (in this case a pair of slippers), and it’s time for that new pair, possibly even a bigger size to accommodate those growing feet? But you really don’t want to give up on that old pair? Here’s the most ingenious way to accommodate all the above:

Slit open the toe area. I guess this is no longer just a cost saving mechanism but it also:

  • Allows airflow thereby reducing odour and sweating, and
  • Allows for extra foot length.

So there you have it. No need to throw out those old slippers if they getting too small. Just open up some toe space and tadaa!

The most bizarre brain teaser

In recent months, my husband and I stopped at one of our favourite quick stops in the Midlands. Filled up with petrol, and then to grab a quick cuppa and something to eat. As we drove towards the parking, this is what we saw:

A wheelchair friendly sign, presumably targeting all disabled people. There it stood, made of solid metal. In the middle of a parking bay designated for people in wheelchairs. But just take a good look at the picture. My logic goes something like this:

  1. Before being able to park, one would need to stop the car half way out of the parking space.
  2. Attempt to get out of the car using whatever current means a disabled person uses, without placing oneself in danger of other vehicles.
  3. Move the sign out of the parking bay (looks simple and light enough)!
  4. Get back into the car, without placing oneself in danger of other vehicles again.
  5. Park the car.
  6. Attempt to get out the car again, only to find that this time the ramp is on the passenger side of the car and not the drivers side!

I just don’t know if this is actually worth the effort of the disabled person! I mean I got tired just trying to figure this out by looking at the sign. What an ordeal!

#Sarcasm returns

The most creative

This next one was actually a WhatsApp picture. It really does do justice to our amazing country and outstanding ability to use resources so well:

Here’s the key for interpretation purposes:

  • Arrow pointing left – enter and turn left
  • Arrow pointing right – enter and turn right
  • Arrow pointing up – look up
  • Upside down arrow pointing right – confusion

Based on the above this is my interpretation:

This home has three rooms. Two on the left (Kestell and Bethlehem) and one on the right (Harrismith). A nice sized intimate home for a small family. Sold with the intention of four rooms but only has three. No rates required (as clearly if you look up they give rocks about rates)!

My favourite

Whilst in Zululand we stopped at a quaint café. It had a bit of everything, coupled with some humour, good food, smiles and instructions:

Prepared and served with love. Laugh, eat and love life. Who could have said it any better? One of my favourite sayings I have used before in Sincerely

And that’s where I leave it for this week.

My emoji

Merry Christmas

Don’t pet the sweaty stuff!

Spoonerism! Yes it actually exists. And no, nothing sexual in nature as some may pressume, but simply a speech error that results in hysterical laughter and often some serious blushing.

For the intellectuals, the definition goes something like this:

A spoonerism is an error in speech in which corresponding consonants, vowels or morphemes are switched between two or more words in a phrase.

Named after a reverend, William Archibald Spooner in the 1840’s, it’s simply a mixing up of letters and words and parts of words within a phrase or sentence.

For example, in the famous story of Cinderella:

  • There is the well known Gairy Fodmother
  • Cinderalla had to flop the moors
  • Win the washdows
  • Fook the cood
  • Etc.

My favourite has to be my husband’s attempt at just being himself (and I am not entirely sure if he genuinely wanted to mimic Bugs Bunny), it goes like this:

What a woad of wubbish!

Try say that fast, letting it roll off your tongue! It really isn’t that easy. We could even make bracelets with that one: WaWoW, pretty sure they would be a hit!

I decided to dedicate this past week to really listen to what people were saying and what spoonerisms they came up with. Not to say that I don’t always listen, but to really try harder than normal. Can you believe that I didn’t hear any? I was actually quite disappointed. Maybe they aren’t as common as one thinks! Or maybe we are saying them all the time that they actually sound like the norm! Or maybe my husband is just genuinely fluent at spoonerism – although I haven’t heard any new ones this week!

Mmm…

So heres my challenge to you. Listen out for any kind of spoonerisms and leave a message with the quoted text. Let’s see how many we can get from real life scenarios.