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."


B 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.

Debs said...

Brilliant, love it.