Ding dong dinkum

dinkum in different letters
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That’s what dinkum reminds me of. It has a funny ring to it. At least to someone who’s the first language isn’t English. So this post doesn’t really focus on anything special. It’s just that word, dinkum. The reason why I love the English language is the word playing you can do with it. It’s so versatile and different words can have different meanings. I’m not that good in wordplay so I won’t write anything “funny” But then it would be a joke and that’s not my thing.

Dinkum is not a word you would use in daily life. Unless you’re an Aussie or a New Zealander. According to Grammarly, it’s slang for truth or hard work. I would rather use those words to dinkum. If you ask a Finn what that means, they would only say, ‘What a hell is that?’ That’s a word you don’t learn in school. It would be quite amusing if you used dinkum when you describe someone. “You’re such a dinkum” and they would think it’s something offensive. Finns that is or anyone who doesn’t know what it means. In fact, it’s a compliment. I would prefer the word real, genuine or authentic so more people would understand. Then again writing dinkum is faster to type and easier. It’s the understanding of the word that makes it more difficult.

Dinkum would be an interesting name for a chocolate bar. ‘A moment later’ Just looked up while writing this post and found out there is actually is milk chocolate called Fair Dinkum. Funny that you can actually found this kind of information on the internet. I didn’t really think there was such a thing for real. I just thought about how dinkum could be chocolate and there it was. You can even buy it here. Just saying. So there is was ding dong dinkum and then it’s gone.


The Daily Post is teaching me English

its only wordsAs a non-English person, learning the language is never easy. There are a lot of English words I’ve never heard or seen before. The Daily Post one-word prompt today is; Cacophony. I looked it up on Google like I always do when I don’t know a word and I must say, oh boy what a word to pronounce. In a way, The Daily Post is teaching me English. There has been a lot of words I didn’t know about. I don’t use difficult words in daily life. I come from a working-class background so I don’t know any fancy words in any language. I don’t know why something has to have a difficult word. Simple is always the best. Does knowing fancy words make people feel smart or something? It only makes people feel they’re better than everybody else. You could say things in a simple way. Cacophony could just be called noise. How many English speakers use that word anyway? But learning new words you don’t know can be interesting even if you never use them.

When it comes to the cacophony, I’m quite sound sensitive. I can concentrate if the music is on but if there’s talking or any other noise, I get distracted. Sometimes it even disturbs me so much that I get irritated. Living in a flat even the neighbours moving about in the stairs disturb me. I must have a very good hearing if I can even hear the smallest sounds. Maybe the neighbours are just loud. Party people are the worst. They make so much cacophony when they play loud music and shouts at the same time. If that isn’t enough, some neighbours shut their doors with a bang like they were in a bad mood. Especially at night when you’re trying to sleep and they come home. Bang! Almost giving me a heart attack. You can close your door quieter. There is doorknob for a reason. People have no respect for other people anymore. When I come home at night, I close to door quietly by turning the doorknob. Some are just thick in the head it seems.

Living in a city there’s a lot of cacophonies that you can’t take away entirely. You just have to live with it. But you can get away from it for a while. What’s so good about Finland is that there are places where no one is around. One of them is the forest. In my city, you don’t need a car to get to nature. You can take the bus or cycle there. Even the cemeteries are close by. At weekdays there are workers who use different types of machinery but at the weekend there’s no cacophony. Some peace and quiet for a while are good for your mental health.

That’s the whole cacophony thing. Thank you The Daily Post for teaching me a new word once again. I’m sure I’ll never use the word cacophony but it did fill my English vocabulary.