More Kiwi That

So I caught myself the other day telling someone that they could “ring me on…”, while I was arranging a “tramping” trip no less.  And I had sworn that I wouldn’t talk like the locals.  I mean, really, I know what tramping really means.  But there are some Kiwi expressions that are totally worth adopting.  Who can resist things having gotten so bad they’re beyond pear-shaped but have in fact gone to custard?  Or my personal favourite, the hospital pass.  This has nothing in common with a hall pass but rather comes from rugby.  It’s when someone gets passed the ball and you just know that they are going to get pummelled in a tackle that’s going to, well, send them to the hospital.  You can imagine it’s everyday usage.  But I think I’m going to give a pass (not a hospital pass) on the expression secret squirrel.  As far as I can tell, it just a strange (and silly) way of saying secret.

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