what would you call it?


What does this sentence mean to you?

“You could get a bag of chips and go for a paddle in the lake”

If you are British then it’s eating a hot snack of potatoes that have been chopped into fat sticks and deep fried, probably eaten with salt and vinegar. The paddling bit is walking in the shallow part of the lake or sea.

If you are Canadian it’s eating a cold snack of potatoes that have been sliced thinly, deep fried and sold in bags. You can get a salt and vinegar variety, there are many chemical flavours. The paddling bit is in a canoe.

Seems there’s no word for walking in the shallow water. Wading has been suggested but to me that’s deep water.

Any suggestions??


9 responses »

  1. To me it’s… “get a cold snack of potatoes that have been sliced thinly, deep fried (although I’d opt for tortilla chips with salsa myself!) and get yourself into a kayak, canoe or dinghy and use a paddle to move around.”

    One needs to be careful of wording here as ‘paddling your canoe’ is slang for… oh, I will leave it at that as I don’t want to sully your blog with my filthy mind.

    – Marnie, canuck, chip-eater, pervert

  2. Oh, and in my mind, if I was wading, I’d be walking in shallow water, along the shoreline with my jeans rolled up.

    – M again

  3. Hah, you are Canadian you see. The words have it. So if wading is shallow water, what is deep water?

    If you are British, wading is for deep water, where you have to push against the water to move.

  4. When you find out, do tell me, as I’ve often wanted to eat potato snacks while enjoying the shallows of the lake, but have not done so beacause I know not how to express this desire, now that I live over here!

  5. Rob, you so understand. Imagine, if some delightful Canadian had asked said, “They sell these excellent chips here, why don’t we eat them while wading in Lake Ontario?” “Oh” you would have thought, “Oh,I don’t really want to walk arse deep in water while munching on some greasy potato snacks”. You could have missed out on so much.
    Marnie, if asked to go for a paddle and chips by an Englishman may well have thought “Heck as like, sea kayaking with nothing to eat but a bag of Ruffles”, and so missed out on a moonlit stroll along the beach with a culinarily challenged Essex man.

    Life is complicated.

    PS. What would one say to a South African??

  6. Hey, lets grab some “slap chips” and go walk on the beach.

    Slap chips are fat cut potatoes deep fried, but still fairly soft as opposed to crisps from a bag (packet), which helpfully are also called chips in SA.

    Walking in the shallows of a lake or river in Africa is perhaps not such a good idea. Ever heard of crocodiles and hippos? So a walk on the beach is doable and would include walking in the waves knee deep.

    Paddling would be sitting on the edge of the pool, feet in the water. Lovelly.

    Wading would be waist deep in water, but not advised in a lake or river, remember the crocs and hippos? Well, similarly, wading in the sea brings one into the habitat of Great Whites! Be sure to choose a beach with Shark nets!

    So to be safe, eat your take out potato snacks while dipping your feet into the swimming pool, but do remember to put on loads of factor 30 sunscreen, or eat them in the car but keep the doors locked so you don’t get carjacked….oh hell, just eat the bloody chips in the shop!

  7. So its a bag of chips and a crocodile chaser??

    If you are from the North East of England walking in shallow water is called plodging.

    Wading is still wading though.

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