Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Saxon phrase of the day #3: manners

In five minutes you have to meet the king/your in-laws/the bishop/the French emissary. It's not the moment to try out your new jokes or to be plagued with foot-in-mouth syndrome. This safe phrase will earn you brownie points and can be used in a whole variety of situations:

Wes ├żu [INSERT NAME HERE] hal - [Wess thoo (INSERT NAME HERE) haal]

It's roughly like drinking a toast to someone and saying "may you be healthy". Very polite, I'm sure.

(N.B. if you're saying it to more than one person, beware: grammar applies! More to follow later...)

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