Thursday 5 February 2015

Getting on my Wick

It still bemuses me when I throw out an everyday word or phrase and find that no-one here in America knows what the heck I'm on about. A week ago, in a shoe shop, I asked the bored twenty-something female staff where the 'trainers' were. This was met with confused stares quickly succeeded by giggling. Here in America they're not 'trainers', they're 'sneakers'. I don't want to train, I want to sneak up on people, apparently. My friend translated for me and after I'd been led to the right aisle they asked "what word did you say before??!!" followed by "what language is that?" I said, "oh, it's what we call them in England" to which the response was "oh, is it like old English?"

Similarly I recently learnt that Americans don't use the phrase 'getting on my wick'.

Yesterday's commission saw me making dozens of 1:12 scale fiddly realistic candles with dripping wax, and minuscule wicks that I had to attach using jeweller's tweezers. The phrase "getting on my wick" sprang to mind for obvious reasons. Points if you bother to Google the definition and etymology!

On a side note, I was so pleased to attend the Annie Awards on Saturday evening with friends from Dreamworks who worked on the film which won Best Animated Feature - How to Train your Dragon 2. However, it was hard to see The Boxtrolls not receive as much recognition as I think it deserved.

And just because it's too cute not to share on this blog, my friend Nicolas Marlet (character designer on How to Train your Dragon 2) did a new drawing of me. It's meant to be me sitting at my local coffee shop, The Alcove, sipping tea.

Here are some quick candle photos from yesterday. They are not wax, but a blend of polymer clays with enough translucency that they do look like wax when you hold them to the light.
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PILAR6373 said...

Unas velas increĆ­bles!!!El dibujo de tu amigo es genial!!!

Pepper said...

Old English?? I thought old English that was when you said Ye before everything and added superfluous 'E's to every other word. Ha-ha ;0P

Anonymous said...

Ha! I loved this, it reminds me of the time I asked for 'chips' and received a bag of crisps instead!
And I understand perfectly what 'getting on my wick' signifies; for this cold weather in York certainly IS!

Caroline McFarlane-Watts said...

Ha! Yes, the chip / crisp thing. I invited a neighbour over for a 'brew' during week 1 in America. He thought he was getting beer, I gave him a cup of tea...

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