Friday, August 10, 2007

And the answer is...

First of all I'd like to thank all of you who stopped by to wish my dad a happy birthday and for those who commented on the photo, it was taken in December 2003 on my granny's 80th birthday.

Further thanks to all those guesses on what daps were. Some of you were close but only two were correct. Daps are gutties or plimsolls so congratulations to Sally and Sam who both knew the answer. For those who are still completely lost, daps are canvas shoes with rubber soles and may be known as sneakers or chucks in the USA or tennis shoes in Australia, for a more detailed description read here. Willowtree was on the right track when he asked: "I've got no idea, but while we're asking questions: do you say runners, sneakers, joggers, tennies or tennis shoes"? In answer to WT's question I called them daps (even though daps are officially the canvas shoes), even when I lived 230 miles away in Hull. Once living in Ireland I taught Dillon the word daps but no one else knew what we were talking about as they called them runners, a word I couldn't stand. So I taught Dillon and Mollie trainers because at least people knew what they were. By the time Ben came along I was Irish enough to say runners. I think some people in Bristol still call trainers daps but they are a dying breed. Small prizes will be winging their way to Sally, Sam (even though I said no family guesses, she's my sis and it's my blog so I can change my mind) and Willowtree because he sort of guessed it without knowing (if you send me your address).

13 comments:

ChrisB said...

Sulk sulk I wasn't allowed to enter so how come the rules can be changed for some family members!!

laurie said...

knowing willow, i suspect he did know but was just being subtle.

HOW DID I READ DAPS AND CLAPS? the d looks like a c and an l next to each other.

i'm sure that had i not misread it i might have gotten it right, too, so you just send those flapjacks my way, little missy!

laurie said...

oops i mean daps AS claps.

Emma in Canada said...

I say runners myself, but not many Canadians do. I also say running shoes, but never ever sneakers.

cookiecrumb said...

I figured out daps were athletic shoes (I call mine Chucks, but they're VERY specific).
I cheated. I Googled.
You are so cute.
(Ohgod, I just had a memory. In seventh grade, I was required to bring sanitary napkins to store in my gym locker. Ew.)

Beckie said...

I just knew that WT had to be on the right track!

willowtree said...

Hey that sucks! How come Sam gets a prize, but you banned Chris! You ungrateful daughter!

frannie said...

we call those "keds" as that is the name of the company that makes them... the only brand name ones. there are lots of others that make them.

Pamela said...

I say:
tenny runners or tennis shoes. occasionally sneakers.

theres my vocab lesson of the day..err night.

(When I was a kid everybody wanted a pair of pf flyers)

Debbie said...

Great game and I learned something new!

dawn said...

I am going to disagree with Emma. I think most people in Canada call them runners or running shoes. In our family we say canvas shoes, I only found out about Keds a couple of years ago probably because I don't usually shop in stores where they sell Keds (I do own a pair I got on sale). It is interesting the differences in a language depending on the country you are in, and the part of a country sometimes (although I believe Emma lives near me), and I guess the people's perception and background.

VanessaC said...

People from Limerick call them 'tackies'. Boot-runners are called, imaginatively enough, 'boot-tackies'. Inexplicably very funny.

Darlene said...

We southern americans also say tennis shoes.