How Trim is your Berm? By Angela Caldin

I’ve learnt another new word in the last week or so, and that word is berm. It’s what we Brits would call a grass verge, and in the suburban streets of NZ, it lies between the pavement and the kerbside next to the road. The word makes me laugh a lot because it reminds me of Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther film who pronounced bump and lump with a French accent as bermp and lermp. Can you see where I’m coming from with this?