Souhan in London: Rainy Sunday in London

  • Blog Post by: Jim Souhan
  • July 29, 2012 - 10:10 AM

It's raining in London. This is news only because of an amazing run of uncharacteristically spectacular weather.

Doesn't affect me. I just watched Brazil beat Australia, 75-71, and I'm waiting on US-France and, later, Russia-Great Britain. I'm here to watch three Wolves - Kevin Love, Alexey Schved and Andrei Kirilenko.

London is a great city, and one of my favorite aspects of this trip is the language. A few translations, with the British version first, followed by the American English translation:

1. Mind the gap/Watch your step

2. Rubbish/Trash

3. Spot of bother/annoyance

4. Thundys/Thunderstorms

5. Brolly/Umbrella

6. Black coffee/Espresso without milk or cream (Brewed coffee is not common here. The best coffee shops serve espresso drinks. A few have ``filtered coffee'' listed at the bottom of choices, as an afterthought)

7. Loo/bathroom

8. Lorry/Truck

9. Az-Hume/assume

10. Tube/Subway

11. Good bits/Most attractive portions of the opposite sex

12. Pint/Serving of beer or ale

13. Porridge/oatmeal

In fact, I had porridge just before walking through the rain today, so I'm feeling very Bri'ish.

Also, the English love their adjectives. This is the home of the television series ``Absolutely Fabulous,'' after all.

You hear a lot of ``Brilliant,'' ``Fabulous'', ``Re-Markable,'' ``Absolutely.''

What's really cool is hearing a 3-year-old speaking like Sir John Gielgud. (Google him, youngsters.) This makes the tots sound very mature even when they're screaming for ice cream.


Love the White Sox's approach on Francisco Liriano: Beat him up, reduce his trade value, scare off other suitors, then trade for him at a reduced price. Brilliant!


Hearing that the Wolves were the only team willing to give Brandon Roy two years of guaranteed money. I love the addition of Roy to a team desperate for a quality shooting guard, but that's scary, that no other NBA team would give him a second year. Wolves fans have to hope this wasn't another example of David Kahn overreacting to the chance to be associated with a big NBA name.


I'll be calling in to 1500espn this morning between basketball games, probably at 11:35 or so. Please follow me on Twitter at @Souhanstrib.


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