Tuesday, June 30, 2009

X is for Xhibition in ABC Wednesday

Norwegians believe that they master the English language almost to perfection. Indeed, some of us feel that we do it so well that we can get away with molesting it too. This is a common belief in the adversing and shopping businesses. XHIBITION is a shopping centre in the heart of Bergen. It used to be the main post office, but when the authorities decided that we didn't need mail any more, it was converted into the above.

If you should ever come to Bergen, I'm happy to say that we have some normally named shops too. They are also more interesting to visit.


Today's post is an entry in the fourth round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.


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38 comments:

Malyss said...

One moment, I thought that the "e" had fallen down, but it obvious that the sign was build this way.
At least, it gave you a good subject for "X" (and a legal one...Ü)
You say authorities decide you don't need mail anymore..How do old people, or the ones with no money enough for computers, or the ones who refuse to have one?..
Sometimes, I begin to feel a real nostalgy about good old paper mail and hand written postcards!...

Katney said...

Rune, I don't know about other Norwegians, but your mastery of English outshines many of us who claim it as our first and often only language. (And all because of P. G. Wodehouse?)

Dina said...

Ha, good one!
You explained it in a funny way, but really, it does take a high level of language familiarity to be able to play with, pun in, and change a language not your own. Fun!

Prospero said...

Your grasp of the English language is commendable. And, addressing the authorities, what is so bad about mail?

Phoenix C. said...

Good xample of X!

Do you really not have mail anymore? What would happen if someone who didn't know, from a different country, posted a letter?

photowannabe said...

Clever use of the English X. Its an interesting mixing of language and its meaning.
Great post for the letter X.

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

Hi RuneE,
Great photo as always , I am impressed by the Xhibition building, a piece of art...

My X is up too, Creative X-wishes,
from JoAnn/Holland

Janie said...

What an interesting molestation of an English word! I assume this was purposeful, but it's not uncommon for Americans to abuse their English words and sentences accidentally...

Raph G. Neckmann said...

This is fun!

In Giraffe World we have Nexhibitions!

Reader Wil said...

Hi Rune, jeg vet at Bergen har ogsa
normale butikker! Mange flotte butikker! Vi har busser som kalles "Conexxion"!!
Thank you for the comment. I should like to see photos from buildings all over the world with those wall anchors and what shapes they take. It must be interesting to see the differences. I suppose that our wall ties are very simple. There must be more decorative ones in other countries.

Carol said...

Nice shot...and a good X...we also misuse our language and sometimes not on purpose...

Miss_Yves said...

Very funny !
I first believed it was a wit, instead of a mistake !
However I am sure that norwegians master the english language wery well !(They are eXcellent !)

imac said...

Very Arty Rune, its great in B/W.

3 weeks today we sail yahoo.lol.

Hyde DP said...

xceptional good post!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Xcellent!

Ida said...

Hehe.
Hatten av for idèen til denne posten! :)
Jeg er visst ikke så hipp og kul. ;)
Har aldri vært innom der, nemlig.....

Leslie: said...

Great shot! And a good one for either Monochrome Mondays or Skywatch Fridays.

Anne-Berit said...

En virkelig bra X fra deg dette.Jåleri,kaller jeg sånne navnpåfunn,men,men,fint skal det være,o.s.v.
Skulle foresten ønske jeg hadde dine engelskkunnskaper.
Nå er det natta her.

Abe Lincoln said...

One quite common one here is Xing. For Crossing. Blind XING is a place where a blind person crosses.

Nice shot in black and white.

Babooshka said...

At least you have the excuse that it is not your first language. My post is an example of this trend. We also have shoprite, kwik save, nitelite to name a few. How anyone not from a English speaking country learn my language often amazes me. So ilogical.

Beverley Baird said...

Great X entry!
My mother's family was from Trondheim - have never been to Norway.
Take care.

Marka said...

Your English is excellent!

Heck, I'm still attempting to master the English language and I've been speaking it for over 20 years!

Tumblewords: said...

I sometimes think we don't have such a good handle on our language - love this sign - it tells it like it is!

david mcmahon said...

I'm on my way!

Revista said...

Great one! Good cacth!

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Roger Owen Green said...

I wouldn't be surprised, given our level of fluency in the US, to see such a sign here in America!

Heges fotoblogg said...

Good one!

PS. We do still have postal service in Norway :-)

Marie Reed said...

I moment of silence for the demise of your post office....:) Great X!

mrsnesbitt said...

Great Shot! Yes the advertising industry does play with words! A problem for primary school teachers!

Rose said...

We here in the US mangle the English language, too. X is a common letter to play with, as are C's and K's. I guess advertisers and businesses think they will catch our attention with "cute" names like "Kake Kreations." But as a former English teacher, they always rub me the wrong way. Thanks for sharing a clever example!

Q said...

It sounds right to me!
With all the texting going on I think all of our spellings are changing.
One of the words I choose was not in my 1940's dictionary.
Sherry

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I'm willing to bet that many Norwegians speak English better than many North Americans. ;-)

Jay said...

Xcellent choice for X! Great find!

As you see, we are quite capable of mangling English here in England too! LOL!

monikamanchanda said...

wow this was interesting

they really closed the post office? me is very surprised

my entry is here
http://monikamanchanda.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/xxxy/

AVCr8teur said...

Hope they rebuilt the main post office somewhere else in the town. I don't know, Xhibition sounds more of an exotic place to shop than Exhibition.

Grace and Bradley said...

I am glade some one with better English finally correct the spelling of a English word for English.

PERBS said...

At least they didn't tear the building down after it was no longer used as a Post Office. Our town has 4 Post Offices and one is very old and beautiful.

lynnwiles said...

Nice shot, whatever the spelling.