Cheers!

 

I like the word "cheers". It's what we say when we are having a drink with friends and raise our glasses before we take the first sip.

Nowadays however, many people have replaced "thanks" with "cheers". I find it quite annoying.
  • A: Here's the newspaper. I've finished reading it.     B: Cheers!
  • A: You can sit here if you like.    B: Cheers *mate!

*Mate is an informal word for friend. What is even more annoying is when people call someone they hardly know, or even complete strangers,  mate.

Having said that, flatmates, classmates and workmates (colleagues) may not be your mates either.


Comments

José said…
Is there anyone here?

Hi Graham,

The size of these glasses is huge. We can finish drought with one of these. How many glasses, like these, do you usually drink in Scotland every day?

In Spain we say “salud” when we toast. We often say “alegría”, also instead of “salud”. I heard a drunk who once, clinging to a lamppost, said:

Por ella.
Por la más bella.
Por la que nunca te engaña.
Por la botella.

Sorry, in Spanish, because it can’t be in English.

I wonder why we always have all celebrations with alcohol. It seems that it’s the same in the Europe Countries. I propose we have celebration all events with a lettuce. I’m going to be vegetarian. Is it okay blogmates?

See you.
Graham said…
I'm here, José!

When are you going on holiday to Soria?

I was in danger of missing my flight home because, you've guessed it, I had a huge hangover.


It seems that it’s the same in European Countries. I propose we celebrate every event with a lettuce. I’m going to be a vegetarian.


Which is weirder - being a teetotaller or a vegetarian?

Roberto said…
Hi everyone!. Graham and José:
I didn´t know that saying,but I know this one: "Arriba, abajo, al centro, y padentro",and this one: "Cuando no nos conocíamos,bebíamos. Ahora que nos conocemos,bebemos. Así que bebamos hasta que no nos conozcamos".
In any case,you don´t need to drink to have fun,but sometimes helps...
I used to drink quite a lot in the past,but now I´m almost a teetotaller(strange word),and I have a lot of fun doing other things.
I know you´re kidding,but... to be a vegetarian or to be a teetotaller is not weird,only personal choices.Está bien ser abstemio,pero con moderación!.
José said…

Hi Graham and Roberto,

Greetings from a hot and dry Madrid. Please, send you little cold to us, don’t be selfish. I’m sure that you breathe fresh air but I none, I live among pollution, noises and brightness. Also I’m working. It is said that there was a villager who didn’t get on with his horse and they were always arguing. The villager decided to sell the horse and he was going to say by the way: “¡That I have to say that you are good!” (¡Que tenga que decir que tú eres bueno!). This is my case because I have to say that Madrid is good. Sorry for my family, they are from Madrid. I miss Segovia.

I’m going on holiday to Segovia not to Soria. My bosses (my home) don’t want to go to Soria in this summer. You know that I’m already Grandad, do you understand?

It’s strange that you miss your flight, it would be the first time and too it’s strange that you drink if you are teetotaller. LOL. I see you are happy in Inverness cooking oatcakes. Cheers.

I didn’t know that you, Roberto, were a drunk. Is there some drunk in Galicia? In my opinion, all drunks are in Scotland and the drunks from Inverness are huge. LOL.

See you.
Graham said…
Hi Roberto and José,

As you both know, I sometimes go a month without drinking. I think I have had two dry months this year. I am sure I will have at least another one before the year ends.

It is much more difficult to give up drink than give up meat.


Roberto:

In any case, you don´t need to drink to have fun, but it sometimes helps...

Like you, I drink much less now. Thinking back, it amazes me now how much I could put away. It doesn't take so long for me to get drunk now.


José:

Please, send some cold to us, ... I live among pollution, noise and brightness. I’m also working.

My bosses (my home) don’t want to go to Soria this summer. You know that I’m a Grandad now, do you understand?

... and it’s also strange that you drink if you are a teetotaller. LOL. .

I didn’t know that you, Roberto, were a drunk. Are there any drunks in Galicia? ... and there are loads of drunks from Inverness LOL

Enjoy Segovia!


José said…
Hi Graham,

The end of my holiday is going to come. I’ll be in Madrid on tomorrow, 23. Where are you? If you want we can see, as always, in the same place, at the same hour, on the same day and with the same wish to work. I’m looking forward to begin the English class. I have lost my rhythm because holiday. The clumsy people need a lot of time. I hope you arrive with strength and much patience because there is necessary to open a lazy brain.

See you.
Graham said…
Hi José,

I'm just back from Paris. I'll be heading back to Madrid the day after tomorrow (26th). I love going on holiday but the whole flying experience can be so stressful.

Of course we can meet next week.

I don't think you have a lazy brain. Mine works too hard and so often it stops functioning well. Maybe we have similar brains. :-)


The end of my holiday is coming / on the horizon. I’ll be in Madrid tomorrow, on the 23rd. Where are you? If you want we can see each other / meet, ... I’m looking forward to beginning ,English classes. I have lost my rhythm because of the holiday. Clumsy people need a lot of time. I hope you arrive with strength and much patience because it is necessary to open a lazy brain.



Hope the return to work isn't too painful. See you on Monday.
Montse said…
Hi,mates!!! Could I say that this time? I see you miss your English meetings! How much activity!!!

José, how is your granddaughter? I guess you're crazy about her.
Graham, I think you must've spent a little fortune in your Scandinavian hangover...the alcohol is really expensive by those lands!!! jajaja!!!
On the contrary, I drank litres and litres of Czech beer for only a few euros and the best thing was that y didn't get drunk!!

What do you think about meeting and telling things now that the summer is still here?

Kisses
Graham said…
Hi Montse,

I hope you had a good summer. I had a wonderful time around Scandinavia and of course, at home here in Inverness.

I'm writing to you from Inverness airport - waiting for a flight that should have left at 7am but won't take off until 1pm at least. So I've missed a connection yet again. :-)

We can arrange a meeting whenever you want - but we'll need the approval of Mr Segovia first haha


... So much activity!!!

... I think you must have (can't be shortened in written form) spent a little fortune on your Scandinavian hangover...the alcohol is really expensive in those lands!!! jajaja!!!


See you soon!

José said…
Hi everybody,

Yes Montse, you are right. Thank you very much. My granddaughter is the best. I enjoy too much with her.

I can´t believe that you are a drunk. A Madame can’t be a drunk and even less if she is a civil servant and from good Spanish family. ¡What a shame! LOL

Mr. Segovia says that if the boss, Mr. Inverness, have not missed his flight (so drinking, he loses track of time) and h’s here, we can meet whenever you want. But I hope that you don’t force me to go to a Chinese restaurant.

See you.
Graham said…
Hi Grandpa! :-)

I'm sure the role of grandad comes naturally to you, José.

Do you push the pram using both hands? I notice that many fathers push their kids around using just one hand. I even saw one pushing the pram while jogging down a bumpy slope. I wonder if prams come with safety belts nowadays. :-)


...My granddaughter is the best. I really enjoy being with her.


... A Madame can’t be a drunk and even less so if she is a civil servant and from a good Spanish family.

Mr. Segovia says that if the boss, Mr. Inverness, has not missed his flight (while drinking, he loses track of time) and he’s here, we can meet whenever you want.


Mr. Inverness will leave it up to you to decide where to go.

See you in a bit.




José said…
Hi Graham,

¡You don’t imagine how it’s my performance of the role of Grandpa! I push the pram using one, both hands and all necessary. The modern prams are different than in the past. Now they have signs to put one or two hands. I suppose that one hand is to the father and two hands to the Grandpa. I can`t make carelessness because, otherwise, my daughter wouldn't leave me alone with my granddaughter. My worst enemy is my wife, the Grandma, as always, she does all very well and me no. I know my granddaughter prefers her Grandpa instead of her Grandma.

When you want we can meet with our mates. I can’t on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, so that goes without saying I can on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

See you.
Montse said…
Hi, all!!!
José, you sound really happy. I can imagine the picture of you pushing the pram as a proud grandfather. Congratulations!!!
Ser you soon!!
P.S. You have a very busy eschedule!!! LOL
Graham said…
I'm sure you are a doting grandad, José.


You can't imagine what I am like in the role of Grandpa! ... I can`t be careless because, otherwise, my daughter wouldn't leave me alone with my granddaughter. My worst enemy is my wife, the Grandma, as always, she does everything very well and me no. I know my granddaughter prefers her Grandpa to her Grandma.

When you want we can meet with our mates. I can’t on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, so it goes without saying that I can on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.


OMG! I've been able to face two of your messages in the same day!!!! :D

Graham said…
Montse,

I agree with you.

I can also picture José pushing a pram around.
It seems you hate lot of colloquial expressions!! I reckon may be you are getting old :-P hahahaha
Graham said…
Hi Ana,

You are right (and probably about the getting on too) There are quite a few expressions that get on my nerves. I won't start using an expression just because everyone else is using it. Surely, there are words in Spanish that people overuse too.


It seems you hate a lot of colloquial expressions!! I reckon that you may be getting old :-P hahahaha