Friday, April 02, 2010
salmon, schief, lively
Wild salmon, spawned in a distant river, ends its life in a sandwich pack.
A German word which I have become familiar with and often find myself using is "schief". When Heidi and I hang a picture, the question is: "is it schief? It means "not straight". I don't think that there is a word in English with the same meaning. In French you might say: de travers. Askew" is alright I suppose, but I am not sure that it is used much in every day life, it's not quite what you mean when a picture is slanted too much to one side or the other.
In The Grove Tavern, I buy my son, Toby, a pint of Harvey's after he has helped me plant a bed of potatoes. "Let me top you up," says Tony behind the bar, "it's a bit lively". A couple of pints at lunch time is more than my usual ration nowadays, and even as I type this my eyelids feel unaturally heavy. But, boy, it was worth it!