Guest Post: Erin Dunderdale’s Britanese….

Sadly I have never met Erin in real life, which really ticks me off.  She warm and funny and speaking from experience, she is someone you can count on. That is a quality that is rare to find.  Sadly when I met my “writers group” in Calgary last month, Erin was ill and couldn’t make it. Which sucked because,  I wanted to meet her the most!   DO NOT TELL THE OTHERS. Especially Catherine.  I think if we lived next door to each other we would have coffee every morning.  Meet Erin….


5 years ago, I met me an import. My husband is from England. London, England to be exact. He’d been here about 10 years before I met him, and still had an accent thick as all get out. I swear the first 3 months of dating all I did was grin and nod some days. It’s a good thing he was cute.

As I got to know him better, I got to understand his Britanese better (yes that is a word) and started actually translating for my parents when they couldn’t understand him.

A couple of his gems include “get your kit off” – undress, and “what a palarva” – what a mess. Justin Beiber? Always sounds like Justin Beaver. Every time. Not that he’s a hot topic around the house or anything.

Our black lab is named Sawyer. Everyone thinks his name is Soya. As in the sauce.

When ordering at a drive through “can you do me uhhhh ….”. The poor kid on the other end just seems to only hear CAN YOU DO ME? Every. Single. Time.

Then it happened. I caught myself asking him one day “what do you fancy for dinner?”. Fancy for dinner? What self-respecting Canadian woman uses FANCY like that? I knew I was in trouble. I will not be assimilated!

The one that was, and still is, the hardest to figure out? Portion. To him? Portion means either A – a helping, serving OR B – nookie.

Now when he says he wants a portion, I still need to figure out if he is hungry or frisky. I’m not often correct.
Know wha’ I mean?


Erin, MrsBrits, was born and raised in Calgary. Soon after meeting her British husband, they moved out to Strathmore to live the small town life. Proud fur mama to a black lab and two fat cats, Erin is a coffee loving, Starbucks mug hoarding, milk glass collecting, road tripping, crafty crocheter.