Go Ahead, Take A Squiz!

June 4th, 2010

As expected, Kiwis have their own set of choice words and colloquialisms, of which I’m still working to master.

Some are just shortened, hybrid words, which I’m totally into.

“How about some brekkie?”

“When do you plan to visit your rellies?”

“Apply here to update your vehicle rego.”

“I’ll be attending uni this fall.”

And then some are just different:

“This rental comes complete with whiteware!”

“Park your trundler here.”
(shopping cart)

“My Mum has a bach on the beach.”
(vacation home)

Sweet as!”

“Why don’t you go have a squiz upstairs?”

This was a suggestion one of the realtors aimed at me while touring a house.

Wait, you want me to do what upstairs?

“Go take a squiz, have a look around.”

I had to surpress a smile and just looked at Keith with a shrug. He took it as an opportunity to ask how many bathrooms the house had.

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