Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Same Schemes Different Country

On a trip to visit our  daughter in Scotland a few years ago , I found some of the  same exact English words had totally different meanings and connotations:
 We kept seeing” To Let “ on  storefronts and in the papers’ thus thinking a public toilet was nearby - only to be informed it  meant for lease or rent.  Another challenge for my mind  was adds in the paper for “Rest Rooms” which  were for Funeral Homes. Again , I am thinking toilets but actually the description is truly  very accurate:)
One  phrase I could not  relate to was “ flytippers” which my son-in - law translated into” litterbugs”. I will add there was  a front page article in the daily Inverness paper about a person who was a flytipper that sparked my curiosity on this term, which was equally amazing. Littering was major news in Scotland, not  the frequent  mass murders we Americans hear about on  our news media.

 While in the local  bar enjoying our scotch and brewskis we  saw signs prohibiting wearing team colors  on game days , as this supposedly “prevented violence”. Maybe  team sportts (or more  accurately  “Identity Politics) “really  IS the  reason for all the violence in the world today.?

My favorite I am saving for last:

Government “ Programs “were   called   SCHEMES  which means the folks who plan and supervise them would naturally be called SCHEMERS and the recipients  the SCHEMED. 

The word  means  officially organized plan or system in the U.K.
In my  USA  dictionary  it means doing something  dishonest or illegal- where the recipients ultimately get the shaft ,which is what actually happens with Government scams and schemes AKA “ programs”  in  America  since we started  having forced regulations on all facets of life and welfare nearly 100 years ago,,
No wonder we call the  Tax Department  the Internal Revenue Service and the War Department the Department of  Defense.
SSDW- Same Sh** Different Words!


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