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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Lost In Translation


We were about to start patrolling in an area we were unfamiliar with to support another unit. The resident unit was Scottish and very Scottish at that. We were to go on a familiarisation patrol with them. I was in the four man English team and there were another two four man teams from the Scottish unit.

We attended the usual pre-patrol briefing which detailed where we were going, what we were going to do and what we hoped to achieve by it.

I came out of the brief mystified, hardly having understood a word.

"Did you get any of that?" I asked the Corporal in charge of the team that day.

"Ummmm - I was kind of hoping you had."

"Ahhh......."

Apparently we speak the same language.

7 Comments:

Blogger Haggiswurst said...

All the Queen's English, Och Aye!

12:31 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Desk Monkey - I was originally going to call the post "Och Aye Tha' Noo" but:
a) Didn't know how to spell it.
b) Didn't think everyone who reads this would understand it.

9:04 am  
Blogger Monica said...

Wow, I can barely understand myself. Good Luck on that one.

3:50 am  
Blogger Haggiswurst said...

haha
I was going to write 'Och Aye The Noo' but stuck with the first part because I thought, like you, nobody would get it!

It's a bra' bricht moonlicht nicht e nicht etc. etc.

9:40 am  
Anonymous Z said...

Totally off-topic but somehow connected.
Ever read a book by Terry Pratchett called The Wee Free Men?
About a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny. Their swords glow blue in the presence of lawyers?
i can no longer think of the Scottish without remembering this book.

9:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try reading Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh. The ENTIRE text is written with an intentional strong Scottish accent, good luck!!

4:16 pm  
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