Assuming an Assumption

“Always asssume that all assumptions are wrong!” ~ unknowntalking heads cropped

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!

C10386EB-952A-4223-9F7C-67344A962B85 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) 2019 Word-prompt Assumption from Weekly Prompts

24 thoughts on “Assuming an Assumption

  1. Murphy's Law

    Clever quote. My dad always said, “Never assume anything because you will make an ass out of you and me!” Yet I do assume things sometimes, and my assumptions are usually wrong. You’d think I’d have learned by now!

    I get a kick out of the different expressions we have for the same thing, and I appreciate the explanations. “Blinkered”…..that’s a new one for me! Love saying it!!

    So Sue, if you’re assuming I really enjoy your posts, you would be assuming a correct assumption!!

    Have a terrific day… started mine off with a smile.
    🐾Ginger 🐾


  2. gc

    So Susan if a person on this side of the pond (North America) wrote that he/she booted the bonnet of their vehicle in the car park would you assume they kicked the hood of their car or would you assume something else? I am assuming neither of us are assuming anything about the other. O dear, did I make another false assumption?

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    1. Hello love,
      So glad you clarified which side of the pond you are at! Our readers could have made the assumption that you are here and I am there.
      I am assuming that you know exactly what you are talking about, at the same time you would be correct if you assumed that I haven’t a clue! 😂 xx


  3. It is not so much the words or phrases that cause me a problem in the “English” language, it is the dialect that bends my ears out of shape. Sometimes when we watch a series from the British Isles, we have to turn on the close caption feature. You hear the word spoken and see it at the bottom of the screen, and you think, now why could I not grasp that. Love words, one can have a lot of fun with them. Cheers.

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    1. We have problems with some American dialects and I do the same thing. The Yorkshire accent (my county) is often hard to understand. I hardly have one so you wouldn’t have problems with me.
      I once travelled a little further north to Newcastle and stopped to ask directions from someone with a Geordie accent. I got back in the car and my daughter asked “What did he say” I had to reply, “I’ve absolutely no idea! Thank you Dan 🙂


  4. I love the phrase “booted the bonnet”. This mix of vehicle and shoes and hats is such fun. I get a mental image of someone kicking his car in anger when it won’t start. Booted is such a useful word – the intruder was booted out of the barn, the manager was booted out of his job, the customer was booted out of the restaurant……and as for ‘bonnet’ well, that is a floppy cotton form of headgear worn in olden days , sometimes covered in flowers,isn’t it?


    1. It is fun Julie. I always loved the phrase Booted and Suited! When i was a little girl I was made to wear a bonnet in winter, I don’t remember pull on hats, though i do remember my brother wearing a black balaclava. Haha today we’d be worried about that one!


    1. You assumed correctly Ivor, I have indeed been too busy for WordPress activities. For the most part Gerry and I work in advance and our posts are placed on the scheduler.

      We each choose a prompt or challenge for Weekly Prompts and then we write about it on our own sites and schedule the time and day we wish them to be published. We’ve both attempted to keep up with answering comments, but keeping up with reading everyone else’s posts has proved a little difficult this week.

      Today is a rest day of doing very little and I’m attempting to catch up with a long queue of posts that I’ve not managed to read.
      Thank you Ivor I’m so glad you made an assumption and found that you had assumed wrongly! 😀


      1. Normally I go on WP first thing in the mornings but not been able to do that this week and I’ve been cutting down on late night sessions too. Today has helped me to make a start on getting back on track. Thanks Ivor


  5. I find the Americans table manners are appalling, their use of knife and fork insulting,

    Mind you there are many English and Australians who have trouble when it comes to holding a knife; too many think they are actually holding a pen, and are about to write with it!

    We had a PM who held his knife like a pen, very embarrassing.

    When Prince Harry wed Miss Markle I was dreading the spectacle of her “relations” sitting at table, I could just imagine that half sister, texting messages taking ‘selfies’ and shoving food down her throat and talking above everybody.


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