Monday, June 16, 2014

"Nice Pins"

I'm really far away from being hip.  Really, really, really far.  And while I do my best to stay on top of slang (I'm only about three years behind right now), my kids...and now a stranger...have taught me that I'm pretty much clueless.

The other day I was out walking my dog up the biggest, steepest hill in our neighborhood.  It is big.  And it is steep.  And I LOVE it!  I was about half way up when I passed a large truck with a number of men circulating around it.  They looked as though they'd just finished doing construction or landscaping or some such thing and were getting ready to leave.

Me:  "Hello."

Guy #1:  "Beautiful dog."

Me:  "Thanks!"

Guy #2:  "This hill is a good workout, eh."

Me:  "Yup, and I love it!"

Guy #3 with a British accent:  "Nice pins!"

And I said nothing.  Now, in my defense, by this time I was about ten feet past them and maybe, maybe he thought I didn't hear him.  Maybe.  But really I had no idea what "nice pins" meant and I surely didn't want to say "thank you" if he'd been all icky and inappropriate, right?

By the time I topped that hill I had my iPhone out and was googling the slang definition for "nice pins" and it turned out the dude was being nice, after all.  You likely know, but in case you don't, "nice pins" means "nice legs".  How he figured I had nice legs when I was wearing my super baggy longish short overalls that were totally smeared with paint, I don't know.  But it was lovely of him to make the assumption based on what little he could see.

So, wherever you are, British accent guy, thank you!

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