The plural of "moose" is ...

Chris Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Tue Aug 31 14:57:55 UTC 2010

On 31 Aug 2010, at 04:57, Wilson Gray wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 9:05 PM, Chris Waigl <chris at> wrote:
>> I was sometimes surprised when ordering breakfast, such as when "sausage" didn't refer to finger-shaped items held together by a sausage casing but patty-shaped slabs of a ground-meat-based substance.
> After my family had moved North from Texas, my sense of surprise was
> exactly the opposite of yours! ;-)

[Comparative note: The substance would be "stuffing" in the UK, "(Fleisch)brät" (north) or "Bratwurstgehäck" (where I grew up) in German).]

I find ordering breakfast in the US (well, my experience is pretty much limited to Central Alaska) quite daunting. After figuring out what the various items on the menu mean (hash browns home fries...), you proceed to order only to be asked the fateful question: How would you like your eggs? (Lesson: I've been sticking with something composed of home fries, onions, mushrooms and reindeer sausage, which is an actual sausage, cut into fine slices.)

As for cold cuts, several of my American friends, including my partner, assumed I was unfamiliar with the term because they knew that Germany has this wide selection of sausage/Wurst. In the case of my partner (who doesn't eat pork) this included for example chicken sausage slices, roast turkey, pastrami and roast beef.


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