“Always asssume that all assumptions are wrong!” ~ unknown
The midweek Word-prompt on Weekly Prompts, the site I share with GC is Assumption, and when we discussed this word I assumed I would find it difficult to write about, let alone find a way to include the word.
Such a foolish assumption, it’s like saying I have nothing to talk about when in fact I can talk for England!
Now, by writing the phrase I can talk for England, you could be forgiven for assuming that I’m making the assumption that everyone knows the meaning of the phrase. I could have said I can eat for England. Both define as ‘in excess’ – I talk too much, and I eat too much.
I wonder if the Welsh or the Scottish have a similar phrase? For that matter, what about the rest of the world?
Generally, when I write my blog articles, I try to keep in mind that other bloggers are scattered around the world. Blogging is not confined to a particular country, therefore, I make the assumption, that not everyone knows what I’m talking about. Where possible, I try to include an explanation.
For example, let’s take something simple like the humble automobile – the car boot is the British way to describe the trunk of the car – the bonnet is simply the hood – the car park is a parking lot.
The list of differences is a long one; our opposite sides of the proverbial pond are oceans apart, and in more ways than the obvious. Then there are the umpteen words that we spell differently.
For Gerry and me, being on opposite shorelines has proved to be fun, and on our shared Weekly Prompts site, we have been known to correct each other’s spelling only to find that the spelling was correct depending on where we were.
One American blogger, I used to follow, engaged in a conversation with other bloggers about the way British people eat. She and a couple of others poked fun at the way we use a knife and fork throughout the meal. They wrongly and arrogantly assumed that anyone reading the article would be American. Are they really so provincial, blinkered, insular, and, oblivious to causing offence to readers from elswhere? How very rude!
Definition of blinkered – small-minded – a person with a limited view.
Editorial Note: I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to those I follow. This past week has seen me meeting myself coming back. (translates as exceptionally busy.) I hope to address this and visit your sites during the next day or two.
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Word-prompt Assumption from Weekly Prompts