Monday, August 6, 2007

LANGUAGE LESSONS AT 7TH AND MONTANA ...!

            

The Germans invaded 7th and Montana this morning as a mother and two children arrived on the scene from Frankfurt, conducting what sounded like a Fierce Debate in German.  Frankly, the German language has always sounded very guttural to me and -- to my untrained ear -- it seemed like the mother was barking nonstop orders at her children.  To my surprise, however, she turned to me and said sweetly, "I'm trying to teach my children English, do you know the English word for this?"  She pointed to a picture of an inflatable pool toy, the kind that looks like an inner tube with an animal's head sticking out of it ... or like the offspring of an Unholy Union between the Michelin Man and a Moose.  I was at a loss.  "It's a pool toy," I said, vaguely.  Natalie thinks it's called a "Floatie."  Richard thinks it's just an "Inner Tube."  I don't think any of these answers hold water.  Does anyone else have the answer?!? 

9 comments:

tenyearnap said...

Floatie sounds good to me. Oh and I was at Starbucks yesterday and tried out the blueberry thingy. Pretty good. Like a blueberry shake. --Cin

gazker said...

We call it a ringo. A floaty over here is something that you do when you get up and you can't flush it away! EEEEEEWWWWWWWW!

Gaz ;-)

frankandmary said...

I bought one with a giraffe head for a young child. To me that is a giraffe inner tube.  I thought a floatie was that vest they put on kids.
~Mary

luvinplummer said...

I would call it a water lifesver hehehe ummm I was given your journal link by another journal friend, and boy am I happy she did. You are so funny and it is so interesting to read about what goes on at Starbucks everyday there at 7th and Montana. You are great keep journaling cause you have the knack!
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ab45yui said...

Hi Marty, found your journal by way of FrankNMary, hope you don't mind me visiting!  I always enjoy FNM's journal and it would appear this one is going to be another one I like too, anyone that can mix intelligence w/humor is worth a read to me, lol.  To answer your question, how about "floatation device" or an "inflatable".  If you still have a burning desire to just know, google it!  Have a good one!

mpnaz58 said...

I would say floatie...but then Natalie and I are girls!!  
xoxo !Myra

kattytrick said...

Me thinks said object might be "all of the above". This is one of the reasons the english language is so hard to learn and or teach...so I'm told!..ta, Kit

acoward15 said...

So Operation Sealion is back on then!
http://journals.aol.co.uk/acoward15/andy-the-bastard

beckiepainton said...

id say a rubber ring! Beckiex