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May 12, 2006

Coleslaw

To give myself an idea that I'm actually making progress, I updated my ePortfolio today. Come to think of it, it sounds like I'm regressing rather than progressing, but I guess the point is to narrow down your research.

In other news, I bought a little expensive notebook (I'm impulsive when it comes to shopping) and thought it was time to start noting things. Mainly because today being a TA was easy as the students got to work with soap and water.

So yes, coleslaw.

Is there anyone on this planet who gets excited by coleslaw?

I found a leaflet for a take–away advertising their latest meal deals. Now, to entice everyone, they have coleslaw as a specially included side dish. Just. For. You.

Now, I have nothing against coleslaw. Apart from the fact that there are a million side dishes around that are easier to make and that taste lots and lots better. And apart from the fact that it's so blatantly a word stolen from the beautiful Dutch language. But I do wonder.

Do you eat coleslaw? And if so, why? Do you have coleslaw cravings? If you can choose between side dishes at KFC, do you actually pick coleslaw? Are you more likely to go for my take–away's meal deals because they included coleslaw? Please enlighten me!


November 18, 2005

Where did we go wrong?

[ee is pronounced as A]
Dutch De eekhoorn eet een eikel
English The squirrel eats an acorn

A starling is a spreeuw in Dutch which sounds more like sparrow to me, but that's a (huis)mus.

Sad thing is I only realized the latter when the BBC picked up on the Dutch TV scandal about a sparrow being killed for knocking over 23,000 dominos in a human world record attempt for domino building and falling.


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