Thursday, December 04, 2008

power berries young lady, stranger

Posted by Picasa Here sit the sun's heat stored and seeds in waiting.

In the flower shop, the manager says to one of his staff with reference to Heidi :"Will you serve this young lady." It reminds me of the Spanish convention, which my Catalan friend assures me is inoffensive, of addressing a stranger as joven, young man, whatever his age, providing he is younger than you.

In Hall's bookshop, in the umbrella rack, just inside the door, among a few scruffy umbrellas, a battered hockey stick. "Somebody left it there," they say."We keep it in case of burglars."

3 comments:

Dave King said...

I have had occasion to have afew consultations with a consultant (doctor) recently. He insists on calling me young man, which I appreciate, although I am way, way, older than he. I just hope he doesn't think he's fooling anyone!

Plutarch said...

It sometimes seems patronising to call someone young who isn't. It is not something I am in the habit of doing. But if you are going to, I suppose the tone of voice and facial expression counts for a bit.

Rouchswalwe said...

A hockey stick seems unwieldy; a brolly might serve better against a burglar. Depends, perhaps, on the strength of the brolly wielder and the size of the burglar though. Hmmm.