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Where are you staying?

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I was out walking the dog this morning and was asked, and not for the first time "Where are you staying?". The first couple of times this happened I thought speaker was hearing my accent and making the not unreasonable assumption that I was a holiday maker.

But no, it's not that all.

It's Scots - "stay" means "live" in this context, so the question they are asking is "where are you staying?".

But the weird thing is that my brain is so hard wired that whenever I'm asked this question there's a mental pause while I remember that I need to do this mapping and not correct their assumption, and then I always reply using "live" not "stay".

I wonder how long it will be before I naturally reply "I'm staying in Nairn"?

Written 14/06/17

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