Wow! I can't believe it's been almost a year ago that Jessi and I landed here in Africa and began this journey. So many things have changed in our lives - God has shown us so much and has truly been our Great Enabler! I was just thinking about how many simple things have changed for us...like our vocabulary. Being exposed to soo many different cultures and people forces you to take on new words in your vocab. Here are a few I can think of off hand.
cheers mate - a term that means "thanks friend" or "good seeing you buddy"
"See you later." "Cheers mate."
lemon - a term used for someone who has a habit of doing unintelligent things
"Did you see that guy wrestling the gator...he's a complete lemon man!"
just now - a term that means you want something in a couple minutes, but can do without it for now
"Do you want some mashed potatoes?" "I'll have some just now."
now now - a term that means in a few minutes, hours or days (very descriptive, huh?)
"Is the food coming soon?" "Yes...it's coming now now."
oaks - a term describing a group of people you either don't know well or don't like
"Ah, you can get those tires from the oaks at AutoWorld."
a bit ok - a response to "how are you?" that usually means your are doing very well, but sometimes can mean you are recovering from an accident
chips - the name for french fries
cozies - bathing suits
mozi spray - mosquito spray
buggard - something that is completely and utterly messed up
"That raditor is buggard mate."
That takes care of just a few of the new phrases we have picked up here...so if you don't understand us when we return just look to this list and it should help you! haha...
On another note we just want to take some time to thank all of you who have been taking this journey with us. We've loved reading the posts on the blogs, the e-mails, receiving mail and getting phone calls. We treasure all of you so much and we thank God that we have such an amazing support group at home. We really do love you and we're looking forward to continuing this journey as God leads us.