BABEL

 

In hot countries they offer not pop
but simply say cold drink –
which could mean anything
from gin to lemonade, I think.

A sandwich should have a capital letter.
Lord Sandwich – a sinner –
invented it because he was too lazy
to leave a card game and go for his dinner.

In Newcastle it’s a stotty cake
in the Midlands it’s a butty.
BLT’s the favourite,
which I think is nutty.

Scandinavians leave them open
and call them Smorgasbord
in mainly fishy flavours
and containing much less gluten.

It’s weird that now in different places
the same thing has a different name
Bread and pain, brot, and ψωμί
ekmek, chlieb and
麵包
Language is a silly game
which nobody can win.


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7 Responses to BABEL

  1. Eha says:

    Can’t Babel be wonderful at times?

    Well, a drink in most countries close to the equator ere lunch of course means a G&T? 🙂 Let’s not talk of a pink one! [OK, one may have a glass of very dry white!!!!]

    Sandwich ~ hate one with two layers – being Estonian, of course just the one slice of healthy bread but ‘fishy flavours’ are not quite necessary, tho’ oft the selection! Piles of other choices!!

    How eternally boring if we could not choose . . . how fantastic to have something different every day of your life 😀 !!

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  2. It is a silly game and a fascinating one. Of course we could all do like France and just adopt English words. So that a sandwich is just that, whether in Paris or New York! And won’t that make traveling a bit dull, all around, in the future!

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  3. Bastet says:

    Nice…you forgot pane 😉

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