Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Language Barrier

Since I love reading the stories Shelley shares I thought I would share this one of mine.

It was 2004 and not long after I had married Ray, at Pigeon Forge in Tennessee.

 Ray had never been to Australia and had many pre-consieved idea's about it.
"Them thar Or-stra-lians are behund the times,"  I'd hear him say.
He was ready to visit, but was very certain he never wanted to leave his birth land.
That was until he saw all our untamed landscapes and casual way of life.

I owned a home a short walk from Dickie Beach, at beautiful Caloundra, Queensland... It was one of five different beach along that stretch of wild coastline.

On our first day in Oz and walking around buying groceries from the local supermarket, I announced I had to buy THONGS for the beach.
"No you're not!" Ray said..
"What!," I was astounded, ""how come?"
This was NOT like Ray, he is so placid, and here he was telling me, NO THONGS!
"Yes I am," I insisted. "There is no way I am going down to the beach without THONGS."
This seemed to get his temper up....and boy, has Ray got a temper when things don't go right!

"You ain't abuying no thang!" he insisted! with everyone turning around to hear that southern accent which couldn't be missed as he was yelling by this time.
I didn't know what he was going on about, what on earth was wrong with me buying and wearing thongs?
 Finding them on a self I stopped to pick them up.
"See!"  I told him, "whats wrong with wearing these!"
"What the"..... he blubbered.    "They're not thangs, them thar are flop flops....

I couldn't stop laughing when I realized what he had been talking about.
We Ozzies say thongs but in the U.S. they are called Flip Flops....
So funny.... No wonder he was getting so heated!!
There is NO WAY I would ever be seen in the THONG, that he was talking about..
But a pair of Thongs, now that is a different matter..


  1. Hi Crystal,
    Thank you for a Sunday morning laugh, I was reading this and thinking, wow that doesn't sound like Crystal wearing just a thong on the beach :) yes here in England you dont wear thongs on your feet Lol, so I can see what your husband was thinking. oxox

  2. Hello Nita, well now I have learned something.. Well, it looks like I need be careful with the English also. LOL

  3. Thanks for the laugh Crystal Mary.
    We call them Slip-slops here in South Africa, I was wearing a pair this morning. Blessings, Geoff.

  4. Well Crystal Mary, I live in the US and the only thong I wear goes on my feet too. I do get funny looks from my granddaughters when I refer to them as thongs, cause the ones they wear do not go on their feet. Cute story.

  5. I'm sure Ray was thinking the Aussie lifestyle was a bit TOO casual! lol! Incidentally, I'm still praying; bless you all.

  6. Happy Sunday! Your story has prepared me for Service this morning - filling me with JOY - reminding me of God's Awesome Diversity.
    love & love,

  7. lol.. Thanks for the laugh Crystal. I'd be just like him in your home land. I've heard them called that but usually one thinks the other type of thong when on the beach.. hehe.. Hugs to you my sweet Ozzie friend from this old southern U.S. friend..xo

  8. Oh that is cute - typical guy thinking. It was so nice to see a wedding picture. You were a beautiful bride. sandie

  9. What a funny misunderstanding! Thanks for sharing the laugh and the beautiful photos.

  10. Thanks for the Sunday afternoon chuckles.

  11. haha That's hi-lar-i-ous!! You gotta love us southern folks!! ;)

  12. HAHAHAHA!!! This made me laugh out loud- I loved it! I could just see and hear it all, the way you wrote it. And when I was a little girl, flip flops here in Texas were called thongs, so I knew just what you were talking about-

  13. Hilarious...I personally don't wear either type of "thangs"!!! ha! ha! Yes, Mr. Ray is a keeper!!!

  14. Lol, very funny!By the way, this is a beautiful picture of you two! Blessings x

  15. Hi Crystal! Nice to meet you here!

    I loved your post because I recognize it so well. My husband and I are both from the United States, but I swear we don't speak the same language. It is quite a ride, isn't it??

    Your wedding picture is so sweet, I can see the love just radiating. Thanks for sharing it!

    Peace, Ceil

  16. LOL...that is truly funny :) You look so pretty in your wedding picture.

  17. Hi Crystal,
    I love this photo of you and Ray after your Wedding in TN.
    It's amazing how lives may change in a matter of seconds.
    Thank you for sharing your world with us, Crystal!
    God's richest blessings may always abound in your life!
    Blessings and Warm Hugs,

  18. I laughed and laughed when I read this post. Thanks for teaching me your word (or as we say in the Southern part of the U.S. yall)for flip flops!

  19. I somehow just saw this for the first time. I laughed out loud. I of course knew what you were talking about because I grew up calling them thongs. Only the last few yrs have heard them called flip flops in our area. Hope you are well xoxo


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