10 September 2011

Which English do you speak?

While talking about which household chore they dislike the most:

Boy (Australian): "I hate going outside and brushing."

Other kids (grown up in Spain): "Brushing?!"

Boy: "Yes, brushing, you know, brushing the leaves."

Kids: "Oh! Sweeping!"

My brain: "Oh! What? Oh. Raking. Right."

2 comments:

Aaron said...

Wait...was he removing leaves from grass, or literally "sweeping" them like from a path?

sharbear said...

Nope, he was talking about raking them. But I've been wondering how much those two overlap (at least linguistically).