Comprends, Entiendes, Capisci, Understand?

There are still the remains of sales in some local shops. I am looking for something in particular and  I was in the one shop that might just have provided it. I browsed the department upstairs where you find cushions, bedding, curtains and some menswear. So far no luck, I could not see what I wanted.  All the staff work downstairs, which is where  I found a shop assistant.  While I was asking, it occurred to me that she might not understand what I was looking for:

Me –“I am looking for a counterpane, do you have any?”   Assistant- “ Could you tell me what that might be?”

It seemed I was speaking a foreign language. I explain it is a bed-cover….she continues to look vacantly at me….. I’m thinking quickly about what might be the current trendy modern bed-cover translation and I tentatively suggest “A throw”.

Some comprehension dawns.  The assistant tells me there are no throws……“Throws are for Christmas”

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13 thoughts on “Comprends, Entiendes, Capisci, Understand?

    • Hi Gilly,

      Dunno, I’ll have to browse a bit. It seems to be a specialist term in quilting circles, which is not far off from its 16th/17th century origins!!! Etymology is fascinating, but then, so is the evolution of language in our time.

      • Indeed – I’m always getting caught with the fascination of finding out where words came from. Good luck with your hunting. I got one once, many years ago, for a grandchild from an American site, if you’re looking for the real thing.

      • That’s a good idea Gilly. I’ll check both the U.S and Canadian sites, if, a bit more digging closer to this sceptered isle doesn’t yield any useful result. Thanks

    • It was only as I started to make my request, Mr F, the thought crossed my mind that the assistant might not understand what I wanted. It is peculiar to perhaps two levels of older generations today. Three, if you’re a centenarian!

  1. 🙂 🙂 I can’t quite remember the continuation of the conversation, AnneMarie, but, I do remember my arms becoming quite expansive, (enormous – size rectangle or similar, not really possible with ordinary human arms) while I attempted to explain and to obtain some comprehension.

    It was time to be diplomatic when told the item was a midwinter festive stock one. I could’ve added a couple of festivals to Christmas, but, decided that silence was the better art of valour. xx

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