I thought it would be interesting to do a post on some of the English words we've had to learn since coming here to Kenya. Before I go any further though, I want to make it clear that I am in no wise belittling or making fun of the English spoken here. Much of it is carried over from British English because Kenya was a British colony until 1963. Some of it is probably unique to Kenya. But it is still English. Have you ever wondered why English is different around the world? I believe it is because cultures are different around the world and culture shapes language. So here we go. I will give you the word used here in Kenya, and beside it, I'll give the American definition for that word.
Boot--the trunk of your car
Bonnet--the hood of your car
Hoot--to honk the horn in the car
Pick--to pick someone up (I will pick John from school.)
Scone--an American biscuit, also a dinner roll
First floor (the floor above the ground floor)--In America, it is our second floor. This has gotten me so lost and confused here in Kenya!
Overspeed--to go over the speed limit
Take--means to eat food or to drink something (I will take chai now.)
Zed--The letter "z" is not "zee"; it is "zed".