Saturday, 5 September 2009

Bum Byage

"Bum byage," said a 7-yr-old I know recently.

There was a pause, and then he continued.

"I don't actually know what that means," he said.

"Neither do I," I said.

"I think it's something sailors say," he said.

"Oh!" I said. "You mean bon voyage."

Another 7-yr-old I know was with me in the car as I drove down windy country lanes after a rainstorm, gleefully speeding through all the largest puddles and aiming to make the biggest splash possible.

"This is fun," he said. "Can I do it again?"

"Yes if you want," I said. "I've got to go back to get the others anyway."

"No," said the first seven-year-old. "He means come on holiday with us again."

"Oh I'm sorry," I said. "I misunderstood."

"People always misunderstand me," said the second 7-yr-old.


"Yeah, it's cuz I don't really actually got the words to mean what I mean."


Beth said...

Oh, bless! The poor kid, not getting the words to mean what he means.

and bum byage - hee :)

Clair said...


JoeinVegas said...

It's worse when we have the words and still can't get people to understand

Debi said...

Pesky things, them there words.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

Brilliant, love it.