Thursday, April 28, 2011

Update on "the fire," and being a "ninny"

So "my" fire made front page headlines in our local paper; gosh it must have been a quiet week around here!  If 50 people read our local paper I would be shocked, infact I must ask the lady next time I see her at church how many people subscribe to it.  It's only by online or you can pick up a copy in the local store I think for 25 cents.  Along with the headline news, was my letter to the editor thanking the emergency services for their promptness and efficiency and warning people about putting out ashes that aren't fully "out."

The editor of the newspaper is in the fundraising department of the local volunteer fire department.  I wonder if he remembers my short note I included with my donation about not wanting their yearly calendar as it is too depressing with all the accident scenes on it?  Must try and remember to drop off a donation at the fire hall in lieu of them sending me a bill for Monday's trip out to our house!!!

Also, got a note on Facebook from my cousin calling me a "NINNY," regarding the fire.    Now I must say I had to stop and think for a second what the word ninny meant, as it's years since I had heard of that expression.  It means "IDIOT," and is a very British expression.  It's obviously not an expression we use, as even dd hadn't heard of it, and she talks to her Nana in Britain a lot along with her grandparents over here and they don't use that expression.

Must admit though I rather like the word "NINNY," as it makes it sound a bit nicer that calling people an idiot.  I have a habit of calling people a "TWEET," instead of an idiot, as I think that softens the expression slightly, and they are not as offended when you call them that.  Mind you half the time folk don't know what you mean anyhow!!!  Oh the joy of using British expressions in a foreign country!!


angela said...

Oh you silly Ninny!!
At least you got your 15 minutes of fame. lol

JohnD said...

Noun 1. ninny - a stupid foolish person
nincompoop, poop
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense

Gill, What's the address of your online newspaper? Ours is

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

You're quite the local celebrity Gill!! You might want to rethink getting that calendar next year, your fire might be in it the month of April! :-)))

I have to admit that I've had to look up British expressions more than once on the blogs. I like the use of the words 'ninny and tweet.' But they'd probably never work here in Virginia!

~Carla~ said...

You must live in a very sMall town! lol! I think I need to pick up some British words to use sometimes... ;) lol!

Justine said...

My mum used that word "ninny" all the time when I was growing up - hope you are okay.

Jane and Chris said...

Sometimes a British expression slips out and then I have to try to explain it...not always easy!
Another 'townie moved to the country' person we know was called a "citiot" (city idiot...I like that word!
Jane x

Piece by Piece said...

My Mum used the word Ninny all the time also, However, I haven't heard her say it for a long time. Maybe that's a good thing.
Front page, you are famous!!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Your paper there is lot less then ours we have to pay I believe is a dollar and it comes out on Thursday. I know people who gets it for the yard sale.

I've never heard the word ninny use alone but I've heard the phase "a ninny poo"
not sure what poo is.

Coffee is on

Shirley said...

The word Ninny was familiar to me. I wonder if that means that one of my grandmothers (or both I suppose) used to use it.

Denise said...

I haven't heard the word "Ninny" in a "donkey's age". 35 years in the US and I am still using expressions from across the pond. BYW, why don't they have those dishy firefighters pose for a magazine instead using accident scenes. They would sell a lot faster!

Rose said...

I did know what ninny meant and have heard it used...think I would know what you meant if you called me a tweet...could probably tell by the context of the sentence and whatever had happened...but then I also like to watch British shows...what few I have the opportunity.